CITE THIS BIOGRAPHY

Hans Asperger’s was the Austrian psyciatrist and paediatrician after whom Asperger’s syndrome is named. Know more about his life in this biography.

Hans Asperger

Hans Asperger

Famous as: Paediatrician

Nationality: Austrian

Born on: 18 February 1906    18th February Birthdays

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius    Aquarius Men

Born in: Vienna

Died on: 21 October 1980

place of death: Vienna

children: Hans Asperger Jr., Maria Asperger-Felder

education: University of Vienna,

Works & Achievements: Identified Asperger's syndrome.


Cite This

Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger identified Asperger's syndrome as a mental disorder. This disorder is seen especially in children. He, for the first time, provided a clear description regarding autistic psychopathy. He conducted research on 400 physically abnormal children with such problem for his work on autistic psychopathy. Medical science acknowledged his contribution after his death when his works were translated into English. Besides pursuing valuable research work in medical field, he also acted as a soldier in Croatia in the later part of World War II. Asperger's Syndrome remains a controversial and contentious diagnosis due to its unclear relationship to the autism spectrum. The World Health Organization's ICD describes Asperger's syndrome as "a disorder of uncertain nosological validity", and there is majority consensus to phase the diagnosis out of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnosis manual.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Being the elder of the two sons of his parents, Hans Asperger was introvert by nature in his childhood. Therefore, it was difficult for him to find friends.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • During his childhood, he exhibited symptoms of a disease, which was later named after him.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • Asperger pursued medical study at the University of Vienna under Franz Hamburger and practised at the University Children’s Hospital situated in Vienna. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1931, he became doctor of medicine.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
    •  
    PUBLISH
    Career
  • Asperger became director of the play-pedagogic station of the special education section at the University Children’s Clinic in Vienna in 1932.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • From 1934 he was affiliated with the psychiatric clinic in Leipzig. He had a special interest in ‘psychically abnormal’ children. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1943, he submitted a research paper to a journal. The basis of this research was his investigations on more than 400 children with autistic psychopathy. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1944, his definition of autistic psychopathy was published and this definition was quite similar with the definition given by a Russian neurologist Grunya Sukhareva in 1926. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • According to him, the common features of autism include deficiency of sympathy towards other person, lack of proper communication skills and repetitive forms of behaviour. He termed these types of behaviour as ‘autistic psychopathy’. Here ‘autism’ meant ‘self’ and ‘psychopathy’ implied as ‘personality disease’.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • He also pointed out some specific patterns of behaviour noticed in autistic children, such as -- little ability to make friends, one-sided conversation, absence of empathy and awkward movements. Moreover, they faced great difficulty in reading between the lines or comprehending non verbal signs like body language. They disliked changes. Usually they seemed to be in a world of their own and were unable to connect with their own parents.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • All these problems of an autistic child continue to stay even in one’s adulthood. The speciality about these types of children is that they generally gained detail knowledge about their preferred subject and by using their special talents many of them became professionally successful in later period of their lives.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • Children with such behaviour were also referred as ‘little professors’ by Asperger. The reason was that each of these children was able to talk about their preferred subjects in great detail.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In his childhood Asperger used to express all of these symptoms through his behaviour. As for example, he showed his talent in language, especially he had great interest towards Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer and he often used to refer himself from a third person perspective. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1944, he started working at the University of Vienna as chair of paediatrics. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1946, he became director of the children’s clinic there. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1957, he served as professor at the university children’s clinic of the Universitats –Kinderklinik , Innsbruck.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • From 1964 he worked as the head of the medical station of the SOS Children’s Villages located in Hinterbruhi.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • In 1977, he became professor emeritus.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • The works of Asperger in medical field were not given due recognition during his lifetime as all of his works were written in German.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • The term 'Asperger’s Syndrome' was first used by British researcher Lorna Wing in her 1981 paper, 'Asperger’s syndrome: a clinical account'. It was published a year after the death of Hans Asperger. This writing challenged earlier accepted model of autism, presented by Leo Kanner in the year of 1943.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • Asperger's works were translated into English by Uta Farih in 1991. Hans Asperger got recognition for his contribution to the medical profession when his works were translated into English after his death. 
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
    •  
    PUBLISH
    Personal Life & Legacy
  • Asperger married in 1935; he had five children.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • Asperger’s birthday i.e., February 18, is regarded as International Asperger’s day.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
  • He died on October 21, 1980.  
     EDIT Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
    •  
    PUBLISH

    HANS ASPERGER TIMELINE

    1906:

     Hans Asperger was born on February 18. 
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1931:

     He became a medical graduate. 
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1932:

     Asperger became director of the special education section at the University Children’s Clinic, Vienna. 
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1935:

     Asperger got married. 
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1944:

     He published the definition of autistic psycopathy.  
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1964:

     He headed the SOS-Kinderdorf in Hinterbruhl.  
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1977:

     He became professor emeritus.  
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

    1980:

     Asperger breathed his last on October 21.  
     EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

     
    Did We Miss An Event ? Go Ahead, Add It. X
    From:
    To:
    Note: For The Year Please Enter Only Numbers In From & To PUBLISH

    Pictures of Hans Asperger

    Videos About Hans Asperger

      In My Mind

      Views: 1359047 | Likes: 10096 | Dislikes: 1203

      Autism Aspergers | Aspergers Symptoms. How To Raise A Happy,Successful Child With Aspergers

      Views: 6305 | Likes: 6 | Dislikes: 2

      Asperger Syndrome is A Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder With High Functioning People

      Views: 3052 | Likes: 6 | Dislikes: 2

    Books by Hans Asperger

      Bizzarri, isolati e intelligenti. Il primo approccio clinico e pedagogico ai bambini di Hans Asperger

      by Hans Asperger

      Heilpädagogik: Einführung in die Psychopathologie des Kindes für Ärzte, Lehrer, Psychologen, Richter und Fürsorgerinnen (Delaware Edition)

      by Hans Asperger

      Heilpädagogik: Einführung in die Psychopathologie des Kindes für Ärzte, Lehrer, Psychologen, Richter und Fürsorgerinnen (German Edition)

      by Hans Asperger

    Books About Hans Asperger

      Asperger Syndrom und High-Functioning Autismus Eine Differenzierung: Krankenakten-Analyse aus der Ordination Dr. Hans Aspergers und seines Teams an ... in Wien (German Edition)

      by Marie-Hélène Seidl