Dr. Scott Hassal
1965 - 2005
is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Hassal was born December 9, 1965 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
An experimental child, his grade school report cards were punctuated
with "could do better" and "doesn't listen."
In fact, he was more likely to be pondering where to get the necessary
ingredients to make nitroglycerin, a feat he finally achieved
in grade four.
Negotiating free time in the school lab, his instincts quickly
led him into a series of experimental mischief that would reveal
his path in life. Irritatingly competitive in math and physics,
he finished high school a year ahead of schedule and proceeded
to study engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario,
where his fascination with thermogenic science was diverted to
quantum effects and light. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors
of Engineering Physics, in 1988 with a Masters of Engineering
Physics, and in 1991 with a PhD. in Engineering Physics, and retaining
all ten fingers.
After completing his MBA in 1995 and securing a position in investment
banking, he delighted in simultaneously unsettling and entertaining
his co-workers with stories of his "rocket science"
background, many of which demonstrated his unnatural comfort with
high voltage. Never one to be diverted from what really mattered
in life, he left derivatives trading to spend more time developing
his own ideas for financial markets trading systems and littering
the neighboring yards with every type of model rocket known to
He leaves behind a stream of unfinished work, ideas for novel
rocket engines, and the star that shone most brightly in his eyes,
his daughter, (who – not surprisingly – wants to be
an astronaut). His life is a story of beginnings, headed towards
Happy contrails honey, we love you! S and S
- Found on an old resume: "When I was a child I made all
these remarkable discoveries. As an adult, I was pleased to
see that Newton and Galileo agreed with me."
- Favorite color: 462 nm
- Favorite author: Douglas Adams
- Favorite things: Laptop, jeans, rockets