IN the lobby of the building that serves as administrative hub for this Laboratory, among the plaques honoring past directors, there hangs one with the following inscription:|
Innovator, physicist, technologist, communicator, architect, planner, humanist, pragmatist, optimist, mentor, champion.
All these descriptors define one man, someone who-although never a director-was instrumental in building the Laboratory and making it the innovative institution it is today: Carl Haussmann.
Carl's sudden passing last July gave me an opportunity to reflect on his many contributions and the unique role he played in his 45 years at Livermore. His acumen about the place and role of the programs at Livermore was unparalleled. Carl described himself as a "large-scale applied science guy," a man of action, someone who liked to start up new projects and think long-term.
The feature article of this issue of Science & Technology Review commemorates Carl's life by recalling his legacy at the Laboratory. Carl played not a single role at the Laboratory but-as you might infer from the impressive list above-many roles in a wide range of areas, including weapons and high-end computing, lasers, and site planning.
Carl and others helped set a solid course for Livermore's weapon designs during the Cold War. His ideas for designing and miniaturizing high-yield thermonuclear weapons were revolutionary for the time. In the Laboratory's current efforts in support of DOE's Stockpile Stewardship Program, we can also trace Carl's hand. For instance, Carl always believed in the future of numerical modeling. He was an unabashed champion of the supercomputer, even in its earliest stages. Now, in the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative, we see proof of Carl's conviction that computers would continue to grow in capabilities and serve as important tools for weapon designers.
Computers were one of Carl's passions. "Growing" programs was another. A prime example of that occurred in the early 1970s when Carl took a collection of laser experiments scattered throughout the Laboratory and brought them together. He breathed life into the vision of a unified laser program, and then, when the vision lived, personally recruited the best and the brightest to manage and nurture it. From today's vantage point-with the National Ignition Facility becoming reality, atomic vapor laser isotope separation well on its way to commercialization, and the plethora of innovative laser technologies pouring forth from the program-we can gaze back to the program's beginning and see Carl's imprint.
Carl also championed a number of other Laboratory efforts: the Military Research Associates Program and the Laboratory's site planning efforts-which earned him the affectionate sobriquet Father of the Trees-as well as the innovative technologies that emerged from Livermore's O Program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition to growing programs and growing trees, Carl had a remarkable knack for growing people. An excellent mentor, he delighted in people who could generate ideas, and he knew how to lead people of intellectual brilliance and unbounded energy. He channeled that intellect and energy and encouraged those around him to push the envelope and think in revolutionary terms.
Carl was a man with an eye to the future, someone who was always considering the next step, weighing the next challenge. He helped bring the Laboratory from its early beginnings to where it is today, at the forefront of scientific research for the nation's good. He was a builder of programs, a man who took visions and dreams and made them real.
We miss him.