1931 - 1993
Karel Hartmann was born on June 21, 1931, in Schoonhoven, a city in the western Netherlands and attended high school there until 1950. He then started working in industries with associated chemical laboratories, first for Unilever (1950-57), then Hevea (1957-61) and finally Balamundi (1961-64) where he gained both technical and analytical experiences.
In May 1964 Karel moved to Victoria, British Columbia and started work as an assistant researcher in the Chemistry Department at the University of Victoria on June 1. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 and became a laboratory instructor with the Chemistry Department and eventually became the laboratory supervisor. He co-authored thirteen publications in his research field of ion-selective electrodes and in chemical education. He had close academic ties with the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (E.T.H.) Zurich, (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) where he worked on several of his study leaves.
Karel's passion for the outdoors began while a young man and his motto outside his office door was: "time spent climbing mountains will not be deducted from your life." He joined the Vancouver Island section of the ACC and from 1981 to 1983 was the Chairman of the section. In early 1993 Karel received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alpine Club National Executive for matters other than mountaineering, however, sadly Karel Hartmann passed away later that year on August 10 in Victoria at the age of sixty-two.
extensively in Europe, especially Switzerland where he climbed with friends
in the Alpine Club. He loved classical music and was well known for his
photography and was also at one time on a committee at the Museum of British
Columbia. Karel was married twice and had one daughter and two sons from
his first marriage. In 1988 while on a sabbatical in Zurich he met his
future wife Rita who now lives back in Switzerland. As a lasting legacy
at UVIC the Karel Hartmann Scholarship is awarded to a student in an Honours
or Major Chemistry program who has devised or contributed to a concept
or procedure which applies chemistry to the improvement of the health
of the environment or its inhabitants.
Wilkinson, Hank. Personal communication. 2008.
Hartmann, Karel. "Mt. Tuam." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (December 1978) Vol. 6:6. p. 2.
Hartmann, Karel. "Mt. Whymper." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (October 1979) Vol. 7:5. p. 9-10.
Karel. "2 - Footed Drive on Mt. Hooker." Island Bushwhacker.
The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (March/April
1981) Vol. 9:2. p. 8-9.
"Karel Hartmann Receives National Club Recognition." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (May 1993) Vol. 21:2.