Microprocessor pioneer Chuck Peddle, EPS ’59, passes away

Charles I. “Chuck” Peddle, Engineering Physics class of 1959 and Maine native, passed away in December 2019, in Santa Cruz, CA, at 82 years old. Peddle led the creation of the MOS 6502 microprocessor, which was used in the first personal computers made by Apple and Commodore. Peddle is arguably one of the most influential alumni of the department and of UMaine, whose work has been transformative.

Peddle visited UMaine and the department in April, 2019, where he was on a panel on Disruptive Innovation, and received two major awards: the Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineering Award from the College of Engineering, and an Alumni Career Award from the UMaine Alumni Association. He met with students and faculty during that time. It was a pleasure and an honor to have had the opportunity to interact with him.

Peddle’s obituary is here.

A New York Times article celebrating his life is here.

A Bangor Daily News article on his passing is here.

An article highlighting him in the UMaine Alumni Magazine is here.