Hans-Peter Hombach | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 19 | p. 37 | Obituaries
Issue Date: May 8, 2017

Hans-Peter Hombach

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Hans-Peter Hombach
Credit: Courtesy of Sven Hombach
Photo of Hans-Peter Hombach.
Hans-Peter Hombach
Credit: Courtesy of Sven Hombach

Hans-Peter Hombach, 73, died on Dec. 31, 2016, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“After graduating with a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1972, Peter initially worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung. Soon after, he was recruited to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, followed by a professorship at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where, in the early 1980s, he became known as the ‘computer wizard.’ In the 1990s, Peter developed an interest in automation engineering. After immigrating to Canada in 1999, he founded Osorno Enterprises, a company that pioneered remote-controlled drinking water and wastewater systems for use in isolated communities.”—Sven Hombach, son

Most recent title: president, Osorno Enterprises

Education: Ph.D., chemistry, University of Münster, 1972

Survivors: wife, Valentina; daughter, Irena; son, Sven; four grandchildren


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