17 Facts About Bob Pease


Robert Allen Pease was an electronics engineer known for analog integrated circuit design, and as the author of technical books and articles about electronic design.


Bob Pease designed several very successful "best-seller" ICs, many of them in continuous production for multiple decades.


Bob Pease was born on August 22,1940 in Rockville, Connecticut.


Bob Pease attended Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, and subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961.


Bob Pease started work in the early 1960s at George A Philbrick Researches.


At GAP-R, Bob Pease developed many high-performance op-amps, built with discrete solid-state components.


In 1976, Bob Pease moved to National Semiconductor Corporation as a Design and Applications Engineer, where he began designing analog monolithic ICs, as well as design reference circuits using these devices.


Bob Pease had advanced to Staff Engineer by the time of his departure in 2009.


The last project Bob Pease worked on was the THOR-LVX microtron Advanced Explosives contraband Detection System: "A Dual-Purpose Ion-Accelerator for Nuclear-Reaction-Based Explosives-and SNM-Detection in Massive Cargo".


Bob Pease was the author of eight books, including Troubleshooting Analog Circuits, and he held 21 patents.


Bob Pease's writing was "strongly opinionated, but he could communicate with a wry sense of humor that endeared him to readers whether they agreed with him or not".


Bob Pease was killed in the crash of his 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, on June 18,2011.


Bob Pease was leaving a gathering in memory of Jim Williams, who was another well-known analog circuit designer, a technical author, and a renowned staff engineer working at Linear Technology.


Bob Pease was 70 years old, and was survived by his wife, two sons, and three grandchildren.


The sudden death of Bob Pease triggered a small flood of remembrances and tributes from fellow technical writers, practicing engineers, and electronics hardware hacking enthusiasts.


Bob Pease was notorious for his design chops, but for his messy office.


Bob Pease sold it to National and threw a pizza party with the money.