Hugo "Fritz" Franzen received his B.S. at the University of California in 1957 and his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 1962. His postdoctoral work was done at the University of Stockholm from 1962-63.
He was a Chemistry instructor from 1963-1965; an Assistant Professor from 1965-1969; an Associate Professor from 1969-1974 and Professor from 1974-2000.
He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Groningen, 1973-1974, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, 1981, Arizona State University, 1981, University of Aachen, 1984, ETH, Zurich, 1997.
His Ph.D. research was in the area of thermodynamic studies using the techniques of high-temperature chemistry. HIs postdoctoral research was in x-ray crystallography. The research at ISU has been in the area of the synthesis of novel high-temperature materials and the determination of their structures using x-ray diffraction. This research centered on metal-rich refractory materials and included studies of phase transitions and vaporization reactions.
Fritz received the award for Outstanding Research in Materials Chemistry (DOE, 1986) and The Career Achievement Award (ISU, 1996).