Dr Hermann Hauser, CBE, FRS, FREng, one of the original founders of Cambridge Network and an engaged director with the Network since its inception, has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to engineering and industry.
Congratulations to Hermann Hauser, Cambridge Network Director
Hermann plays an active part in Cambridge Network and has been involved in its direction for the 15 years that it has been supporting Cambridge economic growth. Cambridge Network offices are indeed located in the Hauser Forum which Hermann conceived as a physical focal point for entrepreneurial collaboration. Claire Ruskin, CEO of Cambridge Network commented: “We are delighted with the news of Hermann’s KBE, which recognises his sustained and important contribution to business, not only in Cambridge but for the whole of the UK. We benefit such a lot from Hermann and other great thought leaders in Cambridge staying here to continue helping new companies and innovative growth.”
Hermann - a co-founder of venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners - has a tremendously successful history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, founding or co-founding companies in a wide range of technology sectors. These include Acorn Computers (where he helped spin out ARM), Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel and Cambridge Network Limited. He was a founder director of IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, Vocalis, SynGenix, Advanced Displays Limited (acquired by Cambridge Display Technology), Electronic Share Information Limited, E*Trade UK and has supported many other start-ups.
Successes at Amadeus include CSR plc (LON: CSR); Entropic Research Laboratory (acquired by Microsoft in 1999); Solexa (acquired by Illumina in 2007); and Icera (acquired by Nvidia in 2011). He is currently a non-executive director of XMOS, a company that is revolutionising re-configurable silicon chips; Tobii, the world leader in eye tracking and gaze detection; Plastic Logic, the first company to commercialize flexible plastic transistors (currently used in computer displays); and Cambridge Broadband Networks, a leader in point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul products.
Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Hermann holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Loughborough and from Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001. In 2004, he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science & Technology. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his contribution to the translation of science into business, in 2013 a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and this year the honorary knighthood.
As an Austrian by birth Hermann will not be ‘Sir’, but we send our congratulations and thanks from the whole membership of Cambridge Network to Dr Hermann Hauser KBE, FRS, FREng.
Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in the vibrant high technology cluster of Cambridge, UK. We bring people together - from business and academia - to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success.