Hermann Anton Haus
BornAugust 8, 1925
DiedMay 21, 2003(2003-05-21) (aged 77)
Alma materUnion College (BS) - 1949
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) - 1951[1]
MIT (ScD) - 1954
Known forOptical communications
AwardsIEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (1991)
Frederic Ives Medal (1994) National Medal of Science (1995)
Scientific career
FieldsOptical communications, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics

Hermann Anton Haus (August 8, 1925 – May 21, 2003) was an Austrian-American physicist, electrical engineer, and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2] Haus' research and teaching ranged from fundamental investigations of quantum uncertainty as manifested in optical communications to the practical generation of ultra-short optical pulses. In 1994, the Optical Society of America recognized Dr. Haus' contributions with its Frederic Ives Medal, the society's highest award. Haus authored or co-authored eight books (see section below), published nearly 300 articles, and presented his work at virtually every major conference and symposium on laser and quantum electronics and quantum optics around the world. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1995 and was adopted into RPI's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was a grandson of the Austrian admiral Anton Haus. His father, Otto Maximilian Haus, was a leading Slovenian doctor who investigated tuberculosis. The tomb of his great-grandmother Marija Haus (Walter) is still in Bubnjarci, Croatia.

Books authored or co-authored by Prof. Haus

See also


  1. ^ Ippen, Eric P. (March 2004). "Obituary: Hermann Anton Haus". Physics Today. 57 (3): 95–96. doi:10.1063/1.1712509.
  2. ^ Jeffrey H Shapiro (2004). "Hermann Anton Haus, 1925–2003 (IN MEMORIAM)". Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics. 6 (8). European Optical Society Part: S623–S625. doi:10.1088/1464-4266/6/8/E02. Retrieved 2008-12-22.