Physicist **Hermann Haken** (* July 12, 1927 in Leipzig, Germany) is professor emeritus in theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart. He is known as the founder of synergetics.

After his studies in mathematics and physics in Halle and Erlangen, receiving his Ph. D. in mathematics at the University of Erlangen and being guest lecturer at universities in the UK and U.S., he was appointed lecturer in theoretical physics at the university of Stuttgart. His research has been in non linear optics (his specialities are laser physics, particle physics, statistical physics and group theory).

Professor Haken developed his institute in a relatively short time to be an international center for laser theory, after which Theodore Maiman in May 1960 built the first experimental laser. The interpretation of the laser principles as self organization of non equilibrium systems paved the way at the end of the 1960s to the development of synergetics, of which Professor Haken is recognized as the founder.

For his work he received the Max Planck medal in 1990. He is the author of several books, including a book with an introduction in synergetics, as well as the author of a series of books in this field.

He received the Albert A. Michelson Medal in 1981.

After his studies in mathematics and physics in Halle and Erlangen, receiving his Ph. D. in mathematics at the University of Erlangen and being guest lecturer at universities in the UK and U.S., he was appointed lecturer in theoretical physics at the university of Stuttgart. His research has been in non linear optics (his specialities are laser physics, particle physics, statistical physics and group theory).

Professor Haken developed his institute in a relatively short time to be an international center for laser theory, after which Theodore Maiman in May 1960 built the first experimental laser. The interpretation of the laser principles as self organization of non equilibrium systems paved the way at the end of the 1960s to the development of synergetics, of which Professor Haken is recognized as the founder.

For his work he received the Max Planck medal in 1990. He is the author of several books, including a book with an introduction in synergetics, as well as the author of a series of books in this field.

He received the Albert A. Michelson Medal in 1981.

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