10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hermann Hauser

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When it comes to microprocessing architecture, few names standout more than Hermann Hauser. Known for his work with chip designer ARM, Hauser’s name has been in the news lately. American tech company Nvidia acquired ARM for $40 billion recently, and many are predicting the acquisition to change the mobile chip industry greatly. Hauser, who co-founded ARM, was vocal about his reservations regarding this acquisition, claiming that Nvidia’s next move is probably to crush everything that Hauser worked hard for. Indeed, Hauser has become a tremendous influence in the industry; and if you’ve got further curiosities about the man behind ARM, here are 10 things you should probably know about Hermann Hauser.

1. He’s an Austrian native.

Born on October 23, 1948, this 71-year old tech giant was born in Vienna, Austria. He spent most of his childhood in Vienna and even got his Master of Arts degree in Physics from Vienna University. Austria may not be known greatly for technology, but Hauser was set to change that with everything that he has achieved on a global scale.

2. He’s affiliated with Cambridge.

Hauser’s affiliation with Cambridge started when he was 16 years old. The young Hauser traveled to the UK during this time to study English at a Cambridge language school. He would later go back to Cambridge as an adult to study at King’s College. Hauser eventually received his PhD in Physics from the college’s Cavendish Laboratory. He would continue to be affiliated with Cambridge’s tech community after his education.

3. He wanted to become a pope.

There was a time when Hauser’s goals were more in line with religion rather than technology. It’s not quite an unusual goal during that time, as young boys from smaller communities are sometimes even urged to pursue papacy. For Hauser, however, this desire for holy life didn’t last very long. It was a vivid memory for him that was replaced by another vivid desire—to pursue physics instead.

4. His uncle inspired him into physics.

During that time in Vienna, there weren’t many jobs that were offered for physics and mathematics professionals. But Hauser was acquainted with a family friend—known to him as uncle—that had a doctorate in mathematics and physics but worked as a jeweler. This uncle, Dr. Puchwald, influenced Hauser greatly. Dr. Puchwald talked to Hauser about atomic physics every time they would go out for mountain walks. These talks would completely change the way young Hauser viewed the world.

5. He’s an inventor.

He may be known primarily as a businessman, but Hermann Hauser happens to wear many hats. One of those hats is that of inventor. He’s invented several devices throughout his career. His inventions range from an electronic document reader system to parts of a branch conduit. Inventing is a part of Hauser that shows his scientific and technical inclinations. It’s also a gateway to his success as a businessman in the tech industry.

6. He set up Acorn Computers.

Along with co-founder Christopher Curry, Hermann Hauser is probably best known for his role in setting up Acorn Computers in 1978. During a time when personal computers were beginning to emerge on the mass-market scale, Acorn Computers was Britain’s entry onto the stage. Established in Cambridge, Acorn Computers was eventually taken over by Italian manufacturer Olivetti in 1985. Hauser stayed on with the company until 1988, when he ventured on to start another company.

7. He’s a venture capitalist.

Before he even started a venture capital company, Hauser was already investing his money. When he left Olivetti in 1988, Hauser invested $1 million of his own money towards the startup of his next venture, Active Book Company, which was later on acquired by AT&T. Hauser co-founded the Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd. in 1997. He serves as primary contact for numerous ventures, which focus on the science and tech sectors.

8. He’s an honorary fellow, doctor, and knight.

Achieving degrees after hard-earned studies is an incredible thing. But to receive honorary degrees for the work you achieve in your field is another thing. To receive one honorary degree is a great honor, but Hauser has pushed the envelope on this matter. He’s an Honorary Fellow of King’s College in Cambridge, but that’s not all. He’s also got several honorary doctorate degrees from various UK universities including Bath, York, and Glasgow among a few others. Hermann Hauser is also an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. These are only some of the fellowships he’s been granted—there are a few more.

9. He’s an award-winning entrepreneur.

Apart from his achievements in the field of science and technology, he’s also recognized for his work as an entrepreneur. He’s a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Electronics Industry Awards; he’s also been voted Computer Personality of the Year in 1984. As an entrepreneur, he continuously supports various startups in the tech sector and is even involved in current AI ventures.

10. He’s a family man.

It’s hard to imagine extremely successful men as people like the average. Hauser has achieved much throughout his career, but he’s also managed to balance fatherhood along with that. Hauser is father to 2, whom he continues to inspire the way he was inspired. When Hauser was 16, he was allowed to travel to England in order to study English. However, Hauser believes that time has changed, and English is no longer the language necessary for success in business. Instead, Hauser encouraged his children to study Chinese—the language of business today. Instead of the UK, Hauser’s children traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to study in order to be prepared to take on the tech and business worlds just as their father was ready decades ago.


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