The Six Waves of Computing

The BCS Edinburgh Branch Sidney Michaelson Memorial Lecture (about Sidney Michaelson)

In partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Friday 11th April 2014, 20:00 - 21:30

Speaker: Dr Hermann Hauser CBE FRS FREng FinstP CPhys

Venue: National Museum of Scotland.

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The 2014 lecture will be given by Dr Hermann Hauser, a physicist and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr Hauser has a long, successful history of incubating IT companies, including UK computer maker Acorn Computers.

In “The Six Waves of Computing”, Dr Hauser will cover ...

  • The mainframe.
  • The mini-computer.
  • The workstation.
  • The personal computer.
  • The smartphone combined with the cloud.
  • Ubiquitous computing and machine learning.

About the speaker


Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser CBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband.

Dr Hauser is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Hermann Hauser has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath and Anglia Ruskin.

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