Peter H.'s Story

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Peter Rose, age 92, died peacefully in his home on March 23, 2017.
Peter was born in Lincoln, England in 1925. His education continued throughout WWII culminating with a PhD in nuclear physics from the University of London. As a Fulbright Scholar and Research Associate, he traveled to MIT where his met his wife, Margaret and eventually emigrated permanently to the United States.
In 1968, while at High Voltage Engineering, Peter developed a radically different compact accelerator design which could be used in an industrial setting; it is now the basis for some thousands of ion implanters used in semiconductor factories around the world.
His success as an entrepreneur was based on his ability to lead a team by example, not by edict, and his many colleagues saw him both as a dear friend and as a technical leader. This led to his participation in numerous start-ups with past colleagues in which he was a Founder and/or a Director. These included Ibis Technology, Zymet, Krytek, Orion, Epion and Passport Systems.
His entrepreneurial activities brought him many accolades. Perhaps of most importance to Peter was the Award given to him by the City of Gloucester, honoring him for his success in transforming the city into an employment center which impacted the lives of thousands of people in Gloucester and the surrounding area. Also in 1996, President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his "vision and leadership in the development and commercialization of ion implantation products that make possible the manufacture of modern semiconductors and for his success in establishing and maintaining US global leadership in the ion implantation equipment industry."
Peter is survived by his daughter, Janet DeRosa and her husband Christopher; son, Thomas Rose and his wife, Dagmar von Schwerin, and grandson, Peter DeRosa, many relatives in England, Germany and South Africa, and his beloved dog, Toby.
In lieu of flowers, we know that Peter loved Labradors, tigers and elephants and any donation in his memory to organizations that support these animals would be welcome. A memorial service will be planned at a later date but for those that cannot join us, please raise a glass to Peter’s memory.
Published on  April 8, 2017
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