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Hans Asperger

Born: 18-Feb-1906
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 21-Oct-1980
Location of death: Vienna, Austria
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Vienna, Austria

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor, Psychiatrist

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Asperger's Syndrome

Military service: German Army (WWII)

Austrian pediatrician and child psychiatrist Hans Asperger first described "autistic psychopathy" in 1944, "a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversation, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements." In further study of autistic children as they advanced into adulthood, he concluded that these children perceived as "odd" tend to become overachieving adults and invaluable contributors to society. Now known as Asperger's Syndrome, the childhood symptoms Asperger described were apparently present in the doctor's own childhood, when he had few friends and frequently bored classmates with his obsessive knowledge of poet Franz Grillparzer.

Wife: (m. 1935, five children)
Son: Hans Asperger Jr.
Daughter: Maria Asperger-Felder

    Medical School: MD, University of Vienna (1931)
    Teacher: Pediatrics, University of Vienna (1944-62)
    Professor: Pediatrics, University of Innsbruck (1957-77)
    Professor: Pediatrics, University of Vienna (1962-77)
    Administrator: Director of Children's Hospital, University of Vienna (1946-77)

    Austrian Ancestry

Author of books:
Therapie und Praxis (Therapy and Practice) (1953)
Probleme im Sonderkindergarten (Special Problems in Kindergarten) (1964)
Ein Chor der Antworten: Glaube und Beruf (A chorus of replies: Faith and Occupation) (1969)
Krise und Bewährung der Autorität (Crisis and the preservation of Authority) (1971, with Franz Haider)

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