Hermann A. Haus


Hermann Anton Haus (August 8, 1925 – May 21, 2003) was a Slovene-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.

Hermann Anton Haus
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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

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. HausEdit

  • H. A. Haus and R. B. Adler, Circuit Theory of Linear Noisy Networks (The MIT Press, 1959).
  • H. A. Haus, Noise in Electron Devices (The MIT Press, 1959)
  • H. A. Haus and J. P. Penhune, Case Studies in Electromagnetism: Problems with Solutions (Wiley, 1960).
  • P. Penfield and H. A. Haus, Electrodynamics of Moving Media (The MIT Press, 1967).
  • H. A. Haus, Waves and Fields in Optoelectronics (Prentice Hall, Incorporated, 1984).
  • H. A. Haus and J. R. Melcher, Electromagnetic Fields and Energy (Prentice Hall, 1989).
  • H. A. Haus, Electromagnetic Noise and Quantum Optical Measurements (Springer Science & Business Media, 2000).
  • C. Manolatou and H. A. Haus, Passive Components for Dense Optical Integration (Springer Science & Business Media, 2002).


  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. European Optical Society Part. 6 (8): S623–S625. doi:10.1088/1464-4266/6/8/E02. Retrieved 2008-12-22.

External linksEdit

  • An interview with Prof. Haus - RLE currents vol 1, no. 2, p. 7, June 1988
  • A Biographical Memoir by Erich P. Ippen - NAS
  • H. A. Haus, Reminiscence of a teacher and a researcher
  • Haus at the RPI Alumni Hall of Fame
  • MIT News Office obituary
  • The Tech (MIT student newspaper) obituary
  • The Hermann Anton Haus Fund - RLE MIT