|Born||Hermann Maria Hauser
23 October 1948 
|Residence||Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|Thesis||Mechanically Activated Chemical Reactions (1977)|
Education and early life
When he was 16 he came to the United Kingdom to learn English at a language school in Cambridge. After a master's degree in Physics from Vienna University, he returned to the University of Cambridge to do a PhD in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.
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Hauser is probably best known for his part in setting up Acorn Computers with Chris Curry in 1978. When Olivetti took control of Acorn in 1985 he became vice-president for research at Olivetti, in charge of laboratories in the US and Europe. In 1986, Hauser co-founded the Olivetti Research Laboratory (ORL) in Cambridge with Andy Hopper, who became the laboratory's director. Hauser's role in Acorn was portrayed by Edward Baker-Duly in the BBC drama Micro Men.
In 1988, Hauser left Olivetti to start the Active Book Company, investing £1 million of his own money. Not wanting to repeat the mistakes made by Acorn, which had kept its technology to itself, he demonstrated the Active Book to as many large companies as he could. AT&T Corporation acquired Active Book and incorporated it into EO Personal Communicator in July 1991. Hauser became chief technical officer and chairman of EO Europe. EO folded on 29 July 1994.
In 1990, Hauser was involved in spinning out Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) from Acorn.
In 1993, Hauser set up Advanced Telecommunication Modules Ltd with Andy Hopper. The company was acquired by Conexant Systems on 1 March 2004. He founded NetChannel Ltd in June 1996 as a holding company to begin work on marketing the NetStation. NetChannel was sold to AOL in 1996. He claimed in the 1990s that the networking technology used for AppleTalk was based on the (unpatented) Cambridge Ring.
On 14 June 2001, the Hauser-Raspe Foundation was registered as a charity by Hauser and Pamela Raspe to advance education.
In August 2004, Amadeus Capital Partners led the Series B venture capital financing of Solexa and Hauser joined its board of directors. Solexa developed a next-generation DNA sequencing technology which became the market leader. Solexa was sold to Illumina, Inc (ILMN) of San Diego in January 2007 for over $600M. In 2009, Dr. Hauser was announced as the first customer of the Illumina Personal Genome Sequencing service.
As of 2009, Hauser is the head of the East Anglia Stem Cell research network.
Hauser is a non-executive director of Cambridge Display Technology, a non-executive director of XMOS Ltd and a member of the board of Red-M (Communications) Ltd. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath and Loughborough and from Anglia Ruskin University. He is a member of the advisory board on the Higher Education Innovation Fund, and of the UK's Council for Science and Technology. Hauser was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to write a report on technology and innovation in the UK, which contributed to the government's fund for Technology and Innovation Centres.
Awards and honours
Hauser was voted the UK's 'Computer Personality of the Year' of 1984. In 2010, Eureka, in its "100 most important scientists", placed Hauser at 51. He became patron of The Centre for Computing History in December 2011, 30 years after the launch of the BBC Micro.
On 8 July 2002, Hauser was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). In May 2004 he presented the prestigious IEE Pinkerton Lecture. In 2005, Hauser received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. The award was presented at the annual European Electronics Industry Awards in London. Hauser was awarded an Honorary CBE for "innovative service to the UK enterprise sector" in 2001. In 1998, Hauser was elected into an honorary fellowship of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and he was also elected into an honorary fellowship of King's College, Cambridge with effect from 1 January 2000. In the same year he was awarded the Mountbatten Medal.
|“||Distinguished as a science-based innovator and serial-entrepreneur whose ventures have been at the forefront of UK innovation. A major contributor to the global technology and growth agendas and an influential member of senior policy making bodies. An inspiration and role-model for generations of entrepreneurs who has been directly involved in many companies, providing enthusiasm, mentoring, and financing leading to technology based wealth creation at scale.||”|
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[...] the kingpin of the high-tech cluster, dubbed Silicon Fen [...]
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