Rudolf Haag

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Rudolf Haag
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Born(1922-08-17)17 August 1922
Died5 January 2016(2016-01-05) (aged 93)
Alma materUniversity of Stuttgart
Known forHaag–Kastler axioms
Haag–Łopuszański–Sohnius theorem
Haag's theorem
Haag–Ruelle scattering theory
AwardsMax Planck medal (1970),
International Association of Mathematical Physics (1997)
Scientific career
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute,
Princeton University,
University of Marseille,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
University of Hamburg
ThesisDie korrespondenzmäßige Methode in der Theorie der Elementarteilchen[2]
Doctoral advisorFritz Bopp[2]
Doctoral students

Rudolf Haag (17 August 1922 – 5 January 2016) was a German physicist.[3] He was best known for his contributions to the algebraic formulation of axiomatic quantum field theory (QFT), namely the Haag–Kastler axioms,[4] and a central no-go theorem in QFT, Haag's theorem, which demonstrates the nonexistence of a unitary time-evolution operator in the interaction picture.

Early life[edit]

Haag was born in Tübingen, Germany. He studied Physics at Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, now the University of Stuttgart, from 1948 to 1954 and then worked on his dissertation in Munich and defended in 1951. His supervisor was Fritz Bopp.


From 1956 to 1957 he was at Max Planck Institute in Göttingen. After doing one year each as visiting professor at Princeton University and University of Marseille, he was professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for six years until 1966.

After that and until his retirement he held a chair for theoretical physics at the University of Hamburg.

In 1965 he founded the journal Communications in Mathematical Physics, which he guided as Chief Editor for eight years.

He was awarded the Max Planck medal in 1970 and the Henri Poincaré Prize of the International Association of Mathematical Physics in 1997.


It was reported by SZ Gedenken that Haag died on 5 January 2016 at the age of 93.[5]


  1. ^ Obituary (13 January 2016)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rudolf Haag at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Rehren, Karl-Henning; Jaffe, Arthur (22 March 2016). "Obituary: Rudolf Haag". Physics Today (Daily Edition).
  4. ^ An algebraic approach to quantum field theory by Rudolf Haag, Daniel Kastler (Illinois U., Urbana), J.Math.Phys.5:848-861,1964[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Rudolf Haag" (in German). SZ Gedenken. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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