Bob Pease is dead

Bob Pease, the Analog design engineer who, while working for National Semiconductors,  developed devices like the LM317 regulator amongst many others, died yesterday in a car crash in Silicon Valley.

Bob was a legendary figure to any engineer working in the analog domain. He died leaving the memorial service for another legend, Jim WIlliams of Linear technology, who died of a massive stroke last week.

Bob was one of the nicest guys in the business, and mentored dozens of engineers in his long career.

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Goodhart6 years ago
*Sigh*, That makes me a bit sad.

I have a number of letters somewhere from him, one where he shares a design with me on a device much more devious then the Annoyatron, but similar in effect (albeit much more annoying :-)

Troubleshooting Analog Circuits (EDN Series for Design Engineers)  still sells in paperback for over $40.  

I still refer to MANY of his Peese Porridge articles and the "What's all this....." entitled ones.

I never got to meet him in person, but he responded to EVERY letter I ever wrote him, and I wasn't even an engineer in any way shape nor form....he loved to help people and he loved to ponder things....he will DEFINATELY be missed.
iceng6 years ago
When the big add for the WOM by National Semi came to our eng group,
we convinced a Jr EE ( Hasmukh T. Shaw ) to write and ask for a sample.

A couple of weeks later he received a multi page Laurel & Hardy coloring book.

In memory of Bob who has been a part of my EE life as tubes were and transistors are now.

steveastrouk (author)  iceng6 years ago
The reaction to Bob's death in the electronics world has been amazing.
verence6 years ago
Great guy, met him once at a presentation in Stuttgart, Germany.

The irony: He wrote a book about driving: 'How to Drive into Accidents - And How Not to' (got a copy signed by him).

On page 305 he says: 'Anyhow, even for short trips, just about everybody should have their seat belt and shoulder-belt ON, before you start. No more lecturing needed. You will do it.'

Unfortunately, he didn't do it.

I get tons of trade journal emails at work, most of which get deleted, but I would always check out his articles in electronic design as soon as I got them.

I wish I could have seen one of his famous presentations in person, delivered using "analog power point" (an overhead projecter). But alas, no.

I have a copy of his analog troubleshooting book at work, and have refered to it from time to time when trying to figure out some vexing engineering problem.

steveastrouk (author)  LargeMouthBass6 years ago
He was great in person, as you would expect - I met and talked to him for 10 minutes or so when he was in the UK a couple of years ago.

He had one of the best bull detectors in the business.

iceng6 years ago
He was a fun EE who climbed mountains with a phone charged by sunlight.
"What's All This Stuff ?"
He originated the WOM concept and National Semi marketed it to the military.
At least he didn't suffer.

oRelyTo6 years ago
Bowed head. RIP.