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Hermann A. Haus papers

Identifier: MC-0597

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of Hermann Anton Haus, an Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spanning the years of 1985 to 2003.

Materials include: correspondence, course notes, presentations, awards, photographs, videotapes.


  • Creation: 1985 - 2003


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Biographical Note

Hermann Anton Haus, 1925-2003, was Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BS from Union College and MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his ScD from MIT in 1954. Following his graduation, he joined MIT as assistant professor of electrical engineering. He became associate professor in 1958 and full professor in 1962. He became the Elihu Thompson Professor in 1973 and Institute Professor in 1986. Haus retired from the faculty in 2001. (1)

Haus conducted extensive research on quantum noise in optical systems and the generation of ultra-short optical pulses. His work contributed to the development of fiber-optic, undersea cables that provide rapid communications between America, Europe, and Asia. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science. Haus received the Optical Society of America’s Frederic Ives Medal. In 1995, he received the National Medal of Science from President Clinton. (2)

(1) “Hermann A. Haus | OSA History | The Optical Society.” Accessed August 31, 2020.

(2) MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “MIT Professor Hermann Haus Dies at 77; Was Pioneer in Optical Communications.” Accessed August 31, 2020.


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Revision Statements

  • 2020 August: Biographical note by Grace Johnson-DeBaufre added.
  • 2021 July 9: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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