Faculty Type: 
Deceased Faculty
Died December 27, 2012
Additional Titles: 
Professor (Emeritus)
After a long illness, Stanley Sweet Hanna died December 27, 2012, in Palo Alto.

Stanley Hanna was born in Burma, May 17, 1920, the third child of missionary parents.  At the age of fourteen he was put on a ship and sent to this country for his education.  He lived at the Fannie Doane Home for missionary children in Granville, Ohio, where he attended high school and Denison University.  Stanley Hanna was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa his junior year and never earned less than a grade of "A" in his seven years of school in Granville.  He graduated from Denison in 1941 and entered graduate school at Johns Hopkins University where he earned a Ph.D. in physics in 1947, after one year in the army at Los Alamos during World War II.  For several years he was an instructor at John Hopkins and later a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.  From 1963 until his retirement he was a Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

During his freshman year at Denison Stanley met Jane Martin at an evening astronomy class.  They became college sweethearts and married five years later, on December 27, 1942.  Stanley and Jane had three children, two of whom survive, a son David and a daughter Susan; a son Peter died in 1992.  Stanley is also survived by four grandchildren and one great grandchild, and his loving wife of 70 years.

 Stanley Hanna was a kind, honest, and gentle man.  He was a loving father, grandfather, and husband.  His was a life well lived.
A brief graveside service was held on Wednesday, January 3, 2013, 1:00PM at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto.
An obituary appears in the April 2013 issue of Physics Today.

Research Interests

Nuclear structure, giant resonances, polarization of nuclear radiations, lifetimes of nuclear states, resonance absorption and fluorescence, analogue states, nuclear moments, heavy ion reactions, weak interactions, electron scattering, intermediate energy physics, hyperfine interactions, positron polarization, and Mossbauer effect.

Career History

  • A.B., 1941, Denison University 
  • Ph.D., 1947, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, 1946-49 
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1949-55 
  • Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, 1955-60 
  • Senior Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, 1960-63 
  • Professor of Physics, Stanford Univeristy, 1963-present 
  • Guggenheim Fellow, Oxford University, 1958-59 
  • Alumni Citation, Denison University, 1966 
  • Visiting Scientist, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, 1969-70 
  • Honorary Doctorate, Denison University, 1970 
  • JSPS Visiting Professor, Osaka University, Japan, 1972 
  • Visiting Professor, Canberra 
  • University of Melbourne, Australia, 1975 
  • Alexander von Humboldt Award, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, 1977 
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, 1983 
  • Visiting Scientist, Center for Nuclear Research, Strasbourg, 1984 
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, 1989