Hermann A. Haus

Hermann Anton Haus
Born August 8, 1925
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died May 21, 2003(2003-05-21) (aged 77)
Lexington, Massachusetts
Residence Lexington, Massachusetts
Nationality Slovenian
Alma mater Union College (BS) - 1949
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) - 1951[1]
MIT (ScD) - 1954
Known for Optical communications
Awards IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (1991)
National Medal of Science (1995)
Scientific career
Fields Optical communications, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics
Institutions MIT

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 five books and 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.


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

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