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Peter Cannon

electric and aerospace company executive

Peter Cannon, American electric and aerospace company executive. Recipient Award Cork Institute of Technology Finance Corporation for Innovation in Higher Education, 1979.


Cannon, Peter was born on April 20, 1932 in Chatham, England. Came to United States, 1956, naturalized, 1958. Son of William Douglas and Ena (Bennett) Cannon.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry with honors, University London, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry, University London, 1955.


Chemical engineer Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, 1955-1956. Member technical staff General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, New York, 1956-1964, liaison scientist, 1964-1965. Manager operations analysis-information systems business General Electric Computer Systems Business, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1965-1967.

Manager sensors and microelectronics automation business systems General Electric Research Laboratory, 1967-1972, General Electric Automation Business West Lynn, Massachusetts, 1972-1973. Vice president business development utility and industrial operations Rockwell International, Pittsburgh, 1973-1976. Corporation staff vice president research, vice president Science Center, Thousand Oaks, California, 1976-1984, vice president research, chief scientist of corporation, 1984-1988.

President, chief executive officer Conductus Inc., Sunnyvale, 1988-1991. Managing partner VRE Company, Ventura, since 1991. Adjunct professor physics Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1962-1967.

Lecturer University Virginia, 1967, Royal Society London, 1978. Member United States National Academy of Sciences visiting team University Alexandria, Egypt, 1980. Member visiting committee to Division of Physical Sciences University Chicago, since 1983, advisory council to College English, Cornell University, since 1988.

Chairman National Bureau of Standards Panel for Nondestructive Evaluation, 1983-1985, Institute for Materials Science and Engineering, since 1984, Federal Science & Technology committee, 1985. Advisory panel on robotics and microelectronics University California, Santa Barbara, since 1985. Director Industrial Research Institute, 1984.

Chairman Fec. Science and Technology committee, 1985-1986.


  • Author: (with others) Vacuum Technique, 1961, Reactivity of Solids, 1968. Contributor (with others) articles to professional journals. Patentee in field.


Board directors Ventura County (California) United Way, 1978-1979, '84, chairman board trustees, 1985. Campaign chairman Ventura County Junior Achievement Program, 1979. Program chairman White House Advisory Committee for History Black Colleges and Universities, 1986, co-chairman, 1987.

Vice chairman Board on Engineering Education, National Research Council, since 1991. Fellow Royal Society Chemistry. Member National Management Association (recipient Silver Knight of Management award 1980), American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Management Association.


Married Elaine Moosdorf, August 5, 1955. Children– Ian Douglas, Adrienne Louise, Eric Milton, Peter Andrew.