Temperature control pioneer Peter Huber dies at 77
18 Jun 2018
Peter Huber, a pioneer in the development of temperature control technology and founder of the international company that bears his name, has died at the age of 77.
Originally trained as a machinist in his native Germany, he worked in the family electrical business before setting up Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau in 1968.
After attending one of the first courses in refrigeration, Huber quickly became an acknowledged expert in the field and his company developed several landmark products.
These included the Ministat – the world’s smallest refrigerated circulator when it launched in 1976 – and in 1989, the Unistat Tango.
The latter, the first hydraulically sealed process circulator, had a minimal mass and achieved significantly higher cooling and heating rates than conventional circulators.
He worked in his own way (self-taught, perfectionist, assertive, visionary) with refrigeration technology. His innovations have set standards worldwide
Huber company statement
This new generation of devices was able to react faster, more reliably and more reproducibly for the application, said a Huber spokesman.
Huber assumed the role of chairman in 2016, when he withdrew from day to day involvement in the company, presiding over the firm’s 50thanniversary in April.
In a statement, the company said: “Peter Huber worked in his own way (self-taught, perfectionist, assertive, visionary) with refrigeration technology. His innovations have set standards worldwide, and the trade press has dubbed him ‘The Refrigeration Pope’.
“The technology he developed today is used worldwide in research, in temperature-dependent material tests and in environmental simulations.”