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Haas, Felix, 1921-



  • Existence: April 20, 1921 - July 16, 2013

Biographical Information

Felix Haas was Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Purdue University. Haas fled Europe and came to the United States in the fall of 1939 and served in the United States Army from January 1943 to March 1946. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1946 to 1952, earning a bachelor's degree in Physics in 1948, a master's degree in applied mathematics in 1949, and doctorate in mathematics in 1952. Prior to coming to Purdue in 1962, as Head of the Division of Mathematical Sciences, he was at Lehigh University, Princeton University, University of Connecticut and Wayne State University.

At Purdue, Haas was the first Dean of Science from 1963 to 1974; Provost (the second provost at Purdue) and Professor of Mathematics from 1974 to 1986. Afterward, he returned to teaching in the Department of Mathematical Science from 1986 to 1991. He considered recruiting his top priority, and is quoted as saying, "Of all the things I have done, teaching is what I have enjoyed the most".

In 2006, the Computer Science Building (also known as the Memorial Gymnasium) was renamed Felix Haas Hall.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Haas, Felix, September 10, 1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2, Series 1, Sub-Series 13
Scope and Contents One oral interview with Felix Haas by Robert B. Eckles.
Dates: September 10, 1970

Memorial Gymnasium records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 61, Placement: 02
Identifier: UA 133
Scope and Contents The Memorial Gymnasium records contain receipts from the donations given to the University for the construction of the building. Building dedication information as well as the memorial service programs for those that lost their lives in the Purdue train wreck are also included.
Dates: 1903 - 1935

Purdue University Office of Publications Oral History Program collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2
Scope and Contents The Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection documents Purdue University history through oral history interviews with Purdue University professors and administrators. Types of materials include: printed material, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, compact discs, and digital materials. Interview topics include Purdue history and changes in administration and academic departments.
Dates: 1969 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1972

Purdue University 22nd Annual Dinner Dance , April 28, 1971

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 6
Identifier: MSP 265, File 3
Scope and Contents File consists of one audio reel recording of the 22nd annual dinner dance honoring President Frederick Hovde's retirement on a Scotch 175 reel.
Dates: April 28, 1971

Collection of Purdue University Related audio recordings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 265
Scope and Contents The Collection of Purdue University Related Audio Recordings include audio reel and audio cassette recordings of addresses given by Purdue University professors, administrators, and staff members. Types of materials include: printed material, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, and digital materials.
Dates: May 7, 1953 - May 12, 1994; Majority of material found within 1971 - 1973