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Laser Technology Authority Peter Thompson Dies

Photonics.com
Jan 2017
CHAMPLIN, Minn., Jan. 12, 2017 — Peter Thompson, a deeply respected laser technology authority, passed away following cardiac arrest on January 4.

Peter Thompson, Prima Power LaserdyneThompson had been technical director for Prima Power Laserdyne, a manufacturer of industrial laser systems, for over 35 years and was recently retired. In a career spanning 40 years, Thompson was recognized across the world for his expertise in laser processing, holding many different senior engineering positions.

Thompson brought leading-edge laser technology and processes to aerospace and industrial manufacturers worldwide. Throughout his career, he worked with a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and general manufacturers developing and implementing custom laser material processing solutions, trouble-shooting existing laser processes and developing training programs for engineers and system operators.

Among the many ground-breaking and diverse laser processing projects in which he played a role was the introduction of laser drilling to Rolls Royce for its aerospace engine manufacturing. A frequent contributing author to technical publications, Thompson was a sought after presenter at laser processing conferences worldwide.

Funeral services will be held in Rugby, England.

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