S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Hahn, Mr Werner Arnold Aneck (geology, meteorological observation)

Born: September 1878, Cape Town, South Africa.
Died: 23 January 1932, Nylstroom (now Modimolle), South Africa.

Werner Arnold Anek Hahn was the son of Paul Daniel Hahn*, professor of chemistry at the South African College in Cape Town, and his wife Marie Aneck Hahn, born Black. Werner studied at the South African College from 1893 to 1898, matriculating in 1895. In 1898 he passed the first mining examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope. That same year he was appointed as an assistant in the college's Department of Chemistry, a position he held until he resigned at the end of 1901.

From 1897 to 1901 Hahn was in charge of the second order meteorological station at the South African College. A summary of his observations was published annually in the Report of the Meteorological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope for these years.

In 1909 Hahn accompanied T. Tonnesen* on an expedition to the Kaokoveld for the South West Africa Company. Hahn wrote a series of 18 Reports of the Kaokoveld Expediton (1909), which are housed in the National Archives of Namibia. The next year he presented a collection of rocks, including basalts and andesites of unknown age, from the northern parts of German South West Africa (now Namibia) to the South African Museum in Cape Town.

Hahn later made his living as a farmer in the Transvaal. On 28 October 1911 he married Marjorie Goldie Black, with whom he had three sons.


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Meteorological Commission, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901.

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the South African College Council, 1898.

National Archives Repository (TAB), Source MHG, Vol. 0, Ref. 77473: death notice, Werner Arnold Aneck Hahn.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Hahn, W.A.A.

Ritcie, W. The history of the South African College, 1829-1918. Cape Town: T. Maskew Miller, 1918.

Transcribed marriage entries for Hahn. Downloaded from http://www.1820settlers.com/genealogy/settlerbrowsemarrs.php?name=HAHN on 2017-5-10.

Union of South Africa. Report of the South African Museum for the years 1910, 1911, 1912. Cape Town, 1913.

University of the Cape of Good Hope. Calendar, 1903/4 - 1917/8.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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