Dr. Peter Harold Cole


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Passed away peacefully with family by his side.

Dearly loved husband of Julie.
Father to Richard and Aster, Alex and James.
Grandfather to Will, Henry and Chloe, and Edward and Julian.

A gentle man who supported his family, colleagues and students alike,
sharing his enquiring mind and generosity of spirit with many
as a former Professor of RFID in the School of Electrical Engineering at University of Adelaide.
His wry sense of humour was also much appreciated.

We are so proud of Peter and all his accomplishments.
We will miss him dearly.

Thank you to Regis Burnside staff for the respectful care of Peter,
especially to Durga over this last week and Dr. Sebastian Rees.

Peter's Funeral Service will be conducted privately
due to current restrictions on THURSDAY May 28, 2020 at 12:30pm.
The Service will be live-streamed publicly at this page from 12:20pm.
Please check your device's volume settings and the settings and the settings
on the video player prior to the service commencing.

If desired, a donation in Peter's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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"I will never forget the three orthogonal dimensions in Maxwell's equations being represented by a Freddy Krueger glove on Peter Cole's waving hand in the mid 1990s."
– Sam Mickan 02nd Jun 2020 - 10:16:37 AM

"One of greatest memorable honour for me was to be a student of Professor Peter Cole. Pioneering, brilliant mind, extreme diversity, depth, meticulousness, and very patient teacher. He was extremely kind compassionate caring to all. He was very open minded to all, had very deep depth compassion for cultures. Seeing a notebook (Indian) having pictures of village little children in school, he was so extremely compassionate. He maintained excellent team spirit, he himself peer-peer, respected everyone, and enthused superb inspirations. Julie and he were very kind, caring, hosting some wonderful get togethers. My deepest thoughts prayer for Sir (Professor Cole). My deepest heartfelt thoughts to extremely kind very dedicated Dr Julie, and wonderful kind family."
– Raja Ghosal 01st Jun 2020 - 04:16:29 AM

"As a former colleague and postgrad student I quote a paragraph by philosopher William James “The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it”…..the exceptional teaching and research work with tremendous legacy contributions of Professor Peter Harold Cole splendidly fulfils that noble attainment; resoundingly in spades. There remains an essence of Peter in all who were privileged to work with him and he left an indelible mark on us all. We are indeed a privileged bunch to have spent time in the incredible orbit of PlanetPHC. Thank you Peter for being such a significant part of our lives. We cherish you and we will miss you dearly. Adios and farewell my friend."
– Leigh Turner 30th May 2020 - 11:04:08 AM

""Electromagnetism for Fun and Profit" was the title of our lecture materials in final year EE (or something like that)... this sums up Peter, as I remember him, perfectly - highly respected, brilliant and irreverent. I am deeply saddened to hear of Peter's passing but his memory will live on in the thousands he taught and inspired over the years."
– Peter Celinski (student 1997) 29th May 2020 - 10:50:08 PM

"My condolences to Julie and family. Peter was an inspiring teacher and mentor, fastidious in detail and deep in his understanding of his field. I am thankful for his guidance during my PhD and as a colleague at the beginning of my career. Rest in peace Peter, knowing that your contributions have shaped a whole field of engineering."
– Andrew Parfitt 29th May 2020 - 03:25:19 PM

"To Julie, Richard, Alex and families
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Wonderful memories of Peter from Dutton Grove.
Love from Nick and Barbara Nikoleaff"
– Barbara and Nick Nikoleaff 28th May 2020 - 06:37:44 PM

"My sincere condolences to you Julie, Richard and Alex. May you find comfort in fond memories. Love from Jackie Schirripa (Nikoleaff). Xx"
– Jackie Schirripa 28th May 2020 - 06:21:20 PM

"Condolences to Julie and family, Thinking of you at this very sad time. Peter was a much respected gentleman and will be missed by many."
– Ross and Sarina Grasso 28th May 2020 - 06:18:31 PM

"Peter: a young man in a hurry and with a brilliant mind to a senior with a brilliant mind and slightly less hurry. Thanks for your many stimulating contributions. My thoughts are with you, kind Julie. May your memories help heal you loss. Bob Bogner"
– Robert (Bob) Bogner 28th May 2020 - 02:42:36 PM

"Thinking of you Alex, your mum and the rest of the family at this time xx"
– Caroline De Sousa and family 28th May 2020 - 02:02:57 PM

"Dearest Peter,
Thank you so much for everything that you had taught and done for us. We wouldn't be who we are now without you. You may be gone but our memories of you will live on. You were such a great man and will be missed dearly. Rest in peace."
– Mun Leng and Kin Seong 28th May 2020 - 01:56:19 PM

"Thank you so much Peter for how you have helped and taught me. It shaped my professional career and even my personal life with a very good foundation. You are remembered by me as a true wise and gentleman."
– Nathan Hu 28th May 2020 - 01:54:21 PM

"Having known you for 50 years, and your patience and your kindness, Rose and I have happy memories of those times."
– Mike & Rosemary Gibbard 28th May 2020 - 01:53:58 PM

"Our condolences to Julie and all the family. Thinking of you at this sad time.
With love"
– Barbara & Mary from Regis Burnside 28th May 2020 - 01:52:24 PM

"Rest in peace Dad. My video tribute can be viewed here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KZLTXgfMRleSkIGdEZTUTMRWWGVGf1no/view?fbclid=IwAR1feo6Kby8BCwuXoYok9YY1bM48474V9AbuvmLOZgItNmO7S5ViLrVLNKo

Love Richard."
– Richard Cole 28th May 2020 - 01:48:44 PM

"Dear Peter, thank you for the formative and foundational role you played in the department and in the world of RFID technology. Your enthusiasm for sharing knowledge in electromagnetism will be greatly missed. I have fond memories of number of enlightening conversations we had. My sincerest condolences to Julie and family."
– Derek Abbott 28th May 2020 - 12:46:01 PM

"So sorry to hear about your loss. Peter was a good man. Lusi and I still fondly remember the time we ran into them when we were camping at the Gold Coast and he and Julie took us out to dinner. Also when we were in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under in 2016. It was so hot and Peter and Julie took us to the air-conditioned Norwood Pub for lunch and we had a really great time. Then there was also the long lunches in Bali on that holiday we had with your family chatting with Peter."
– Neil and Lusiana Harper 28th May 2020 - 11:50:39 AM

"Thank you Peter for all of your help and support. Your help, guidance, mentoring, and support changed my life to the better. I still have lots of fond memories during my stay in the microwave lab and your approaches to research, teaching and English language grammar … You will be truly missed not only by me, but by all of your students you have helped and supported. My condolences to Julie and all the family, Rest in peace."
– Said Al-Sarawi 28th May 2020 - 11:39:22 AM

"Thank you, Peter. You gave me the opportunity to do research in Adelaide Uni and my first overseas life experience with my family. Also, it is you and the work done in Adelaide Uni that make me choose RFID as my entrepreneurship. The life in Adelaide and you are all etched in our hearts, nice and sweet. Unforgettable."
– Zheng Zhu 26th May 2020 - 11:02:40 PM

"You will be remembered, Peter, for your foundational work in RFID and I especially appreciated your mentoring and guidance when I was a young PhD student, many years ago now..."
– Rob Clarke 25th May 2020 - 01:09:45 PM

"Thank you Peter for all your teaching and support. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together, part of you has definitely rubbed off to make me who I am.
All my love to Julie and the whole family."
– David Hall 25th May 2020 - 08:39:33 AM