Harald Rose is a German physicist. He studied at the University of Darmstadt where he obtained both his diploma and his doctorate, working on theoretical electron optics under the guidance of Otto Scherzer, who had done some seminal work on electron microscopy in the 1930s.
Rose’s research career is strongly connected with both Darmstadt, where he worked on his habilitation and was a professor from 1980 to his retirement in 2000, and the United States where he has had a number of appointments. In the early 1970s he spent some time in Chicago in the lab directed by Albert Crewe, the inventor of STEM. Since the late 1970s he has had a number of posts in various US institutions, including the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
His research has widely focused on aberration-correction for electron lenses. In 1990 he designed a feasible system of lenses for improving TEM resolution. He then teamed up with Maximilian Haider and Knut Urban to realize his proposal experimentally, which they achieved in 1998.
Rose has been a ZEISS Senior Professor at the University of Ulm since 2009. He has received a number of prestigious awards including, jointly with Haider and Urban, the Wolf Prize for Physics and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences, and he is an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.