|Occupation||DHARMA Initiative Funder, Industrialist, Munitions Magnate|
|Appears In||The Lost Experience|
|Played By||Ian Patrick Williams|
Alvar Hanso was a Philanthropist, Industrialist, and Munitions Magnate who began an organization known as The Hanso Foundation. Alvar is a very private individual and little is known about his personal life. Alvar is also the father of Rachel Blake.
During World War II, Alvar provided assistance by means of munitions to countries across Europe who were repelling attacks. Alvar would later provide provisions to NATO’s high tech armaments.
In 1967, Alvar Hanso stood before the United Nations Security Council and stated that “From the dawn of our species, Man has been blessed with curiosity. Our most precious gift, without exception, is the desire to know more - to look beyond what is accepted as the truth and to imagine what is possible.”
Hanso later spent his time working in different areas of science and technology attempting to improve the human experience, and trying to create a brighter future for humanity. In 1970, Alvar provided Gerald and Karen DeGroot who were two doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan, with the funds necessary to begin their work in the DHARMA Initiative which was designed to be a social science research facility where scientists and free thinkers could pursue scientific research.
Sri Lanka VideoEdit
In 1975, Alvar Hanso appeared in an orientation film for the DHARMA Initiative. In this film, are revelations and secrets on the Initiative and on other matters as well.
"I'm Alvar Hanso. If you are watching this film, you already know and have worked with Gerald and Karen DeGroot, founders and masterminds of the DHARMA Initiative. By now, you also know there are many research goals for our joint venture. What you may not know is why we have assembled the DHARMA initiative, why we have assembled the greatest minds in the world and given them unlimited funds and access.
As with all you've already been told, you are bound by your honour and commitment to keep what you are about to hear a secret. In a few weeks, after your induction counseling and survival training, you and your colleagues will be shipped to a top secret facility. The precise location of the facility is known only to myself, the DeGroots, and the few high ranking members of my organization.
Why all the security, all the secrecy? The answer is simple. The research is intended to do nothing less than save the world as we know it. In 1962, only thirteen years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. The United States and the Soviet Union almost fulfilled the promise of mutual assured destruction. A promise they continue to foster through a destructive Cold War.
After the Cuban Missile Crisis, both nations decided to find a solution. The result, was the Valenzetti Equation. Commissioned under the highest secrecy, through the U.N. Security Council, the equation is the brainchild of the Italian mathematician Enzo Valenzetti. It predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself. Whether through nuclear fire, chemical and biological warfare, conventional warfare, pandemic, over-population, his results are chilling, and attention must be paid.
Valenzetti gave numerical values to the core environmental and human factors in his equation: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Only by manipulating the environment, by finding scientific solutions to our problems, we will be able to change those core factors, and give humanity a chance to survive. Although the equation has been buried by those who commissioned it—panic. It has always been my belief that we ignore warnings at our own peril, and thus, the DHARMA Initiative was born. DHARMA is an acronym for Department of Heuristics And Research on Material Applications. It also stands for the one true way—and through your research, you will help humanity.
We have constructed several stations on the island, underground laboratories with the facilities you will need to do your research, with optimal expediency. All of the support you will need, including regular medicine and food drops will be made in perpetuity. A radio transmitter has also been erected on the island, broadcasting in a frequency and encryption known only to us. The transmitter will only broadcast the core numerical values of the Valenzetti Equation.
When, through your research, you manage to change the numerical value of any one of these factors; when you have created through science the—we will know that the one true way has been found. That is the work to which you have committed yourself. Change the core values of the Valenzetti Equation, and you will change the course of destiny. The fate of the human race is in your hands. Thank you and namaste."
"The path of secrecy is a slippery slope. While necessity may dictate, at times, that we shade ourselves and our work from the all-too-often harsh light of inquiry, habitual secret-keeping can mire even the noblest of intentions in shadow. It is this shadow I fell prey to, blinded not only to the actions of colleagues like Dr. Thomas Werner Mittelwerk, but also to the works of my own hand.
I fear the lessons learned have cost many their happiness. Some few have even lost their lives. My regret for this is endless. But, I assure you now, as I did then, that the work of The Hanso Foundation has always been intended to bring rebirth to a dying land and a dying people.
Our methods must change. As of this moment, The Hanso Foundation enters a period of restructure and overhaul. Transparency and oversight will be our guiding principles, excellence in communication and response to feedback our greatest strengths. To save humanity, we need first tap into just that -- our humanity.
Much time has passed -- perhaps too much. Thanks to the tireless efforts of my daughter, Rachel Blake, and a worldwide movement set against the dark entity that was Thomas Mittelwerk's regime, I have been exonerated and freed from imprisonment. Thanks to the grace and foresight of the Global Welfare Consortium, we at the Hanso Foundation have been given a second chance to build a future that can support, enrich, and cradle us all in peace and joy.
It is to this that I dedicate my life and my Foundation. My only hope is that you will join me.
Namaste, Alvar Hanso"
- In The Hunting Party, Hanso's statement on curiosity was partially quoted by Tom.