Born in Vienna, Dr Hermann Hauser first came to Cambridge to learn English at the age of 15, returning later to study for his doctorate in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. Co-founder of Acorn in 1978, he has been one of the driving forces behind “Silicon Fen”, Cambridge”s innovative hi-tech base. In 1984 he was voted the UK”s “Computer Personality of the Year”, and in 1986, he co-founded the Olivetti Research Laboratory in Cambridge.
In 2000 he was awarded the Mountbatten Medal of the National Electronics Council for his outstanding contributions to information technology. In 2001 he was appointed an honorary CBE for his innovative service to British enterprise. In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award as part of the European Electronic Industry Awards. In 2009, he headed the East Anglia Stem Cell research network.He is a member of the Advisory Board on the Higher Education Innovation Fund, and of the UK”s Council for Science and Technology. He 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. The Foundation that he founded with his wife, Dr Pamela Raspe, made possible The Hauser Forum on the West Cambridge site. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath and Loughborough and from Anglia Ruskin University.