Bob Redden, (Principal Scientist), Redlen founder, serial entrepreneur and crystal growth visionary passed away suddenly on Sunday June 2, 2013.
Bob was born in 1939 and raised in Hamilton Ontario, where he graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He spent 23 years with Cominco in Trail, BC beginning as a Research Engineer and progressing through the company serving as Plant Superintendent and R&D Manager for its Electronic Materials Division. At Cominco, Bob was involved in successfully pioneering the development of its Gallium Arsenide semiconductor wafer business, which was acquired from Cominco by Johnson Matthey. Bob subsequently founded Crystar Research and successfully developed a Sapphire crystal production business which was acquired by Honeywell. Following Honeywell, Bob formed Amistar Research through which his space-based crystal growth work was conducted.
Bob authored five patents, and had a remarkable track record of successful compound semiconductor materials process development. His products and processes have been used in NASA’s Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and in numerous medical imaging and dirty bomb detection devices. Bob was a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s Advisory Committee on the Scientific Utilization of the Space Station and was awarded the Canada Awards for Business Excellence in Innovation.
Bob’s vision for Redlen was spawned from his pioneering crystal growth experiments in the 1990’s on the MIR space station for the Canadian Space Agency. His vision and perseverance enabled Redlen to grow in 2000 from a startup based in a garage, to a world leader in radiation detection and imaging sensors housed in a 30,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility today. The legacy he leaves us with today, in the advancements he has made in both the medical and security environments, is something we will all continue to benefit from. Bob’s innovations in the medical imaging sector include enabling lower radiation doses for patients, faster scanning times for hospitals, and higher resolution images for doctors, collectively providing better diagnostic outcomes for patients.
On the security side, radiation detectors enabled by Bob’s technology innovation make possible the precision handheld dirty bomb detectors in use throughout the world today, as well as in next generation baggage scanning systems, all of which are designed to help make the world a safer place.
“Bob was integral to Redlen’s identity, values and vision. He had an incredible passion for crystal growth – and for Redlen,” commented Glenn Bindley, Redlen Chief Executive Officer. “Bob engendered a sense of affection and loyalty through his candor, openness, integrity and his unique sense of humor. I feel privileged to have worked with Bob and on behalf of the entire Redlen team I would like to express our appreciation for all of his contributions to the growth and success of Redlen. While Bob’s track record of innovation and technical excellence is impressive, his greatest strength and pride was his family and our thoughts are with them at this time.”
In recognition of Bob’s visionary contribution to Redlen, and to honor his memory, Redlen Technologies and the Redden family have agreed to establish a Robert Redden endowment fund which will provide for an annual scholarship to be awarded annually to an aspiring entrepreneur or engineering student by the University of Victoria.