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Event honors Hermann Haus

"Waves and Fields in Optoelectronics" will be the topic of a special day-long symposium held to honor Institute Professor Hermann A. Haus on Saturday, Oct.12 from 9am-4pm in Edgerton Hall (Rm 34-101).

Supported by the Provost's Office, the School of Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the meeting will bring together--as speakers and participants--colleagues and former students from the United States and abroad to celebrate Professor Haus's 42-year career at MIT. The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:30am in the Grier Room (34-401).

"This meeting is certainly a fitting way to recognize Hermann, who has been such a productive member of our department for so long--as both a committed teacher and prolific researcher," said Professor Paul L. Penfield, Jr., head of EECS.

"The remarkable breadth of Hermann's inquiry and his boundless energy have put him at the forefront of an astonishing variety of trends, as this symposium will clearly show," added RLE Director Jonathan Allen. The symposium will highlight recent advances in optical communication networks, solitons, quantum and integrated optics, and more. Talks will take place from 9am-noon, and from 2-4pm.

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Professor Haus began his technical education in Austria. After coming to this country, he received the BSc from Union College, the MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the ScD from MIT. In 1954, he joined MIT's faculty in electrical engineering, where he has become well known for his inspiring teaching as well as for his research.

He has authored or co-authored five books and received the IEEE Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Numerous awards recognizing his research contributions include the President's 1995 Medal of Science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Haus holds honorary degrees from Union College, the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Ghent.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Professor Erich Ippen of EECS at x3-8504.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 1996.

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