Dr. Andrew Hanson is a physicist and a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Hanson is the son of Alfred O. Hanson, who worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project.
Andrew was born at Los Alamos. In a 2014 oral history interview, Rose Bethe, wife of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hans Bethe, remembered Andrew’s prodigious size at birth: “One of the women living in our house – we were in one unit of a four unit house, and one of the other women had a baby very shortly after Henry. Henry had weighed seven pounds; that baby [Andrew] had weighed nine pounds and it showed for the whole two years that we lived together. That baby was always two steps ahead of what Henry was doing. It was my first lesson in whole long intrauterine life is useful. It had come very late, that boy came I think two weeks late or something like that, whereas Henry came early.”