Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame


B. Hubert Pinckaers - 1987 Inductee

(1924 - ___) Pinckaers was a Honeywell electrical engineer who received 80 U.S. patents for his inventions in the fields of temperature controls, commercial and industrial controls and instrumentation, particularly in the field of solid state electronics. He materially contributed to the success of Honeywell and its recognition as a world leader in automatic controls and instrumentation.

He was a pioneer in the development of solid state electronics. The term solid state was introduced in the 1960s to describe electronic devices whose circuits contained neither vacuum tubes nor mechanical devices such as relays, as transistors replaced vacuum tubes in most consumer electronics. In solid state components, electrons flow through unheated solid semiconductor materials (such as Germanium (Ge) or Silicon (Si)), instead of through a heated vacuum, as in vacuum tubes. Solid-state devices are typically far more reliable than their thermionic counterparts, due to the superior resistance to shock, vibration and mechanical wear.

Pinckaers was born in The Netherlands. Following his marriage to Mitzi Rogers, a native Minnesotan, he immigrated to the Minneapolis area, where he was hired by Honeywell as a test engineer. He rapidly rose through the various engineering ranks to become Senior Principal Development Engineer in 1958. During his 33-year employment at Honeywell, Pinckaers was recognized as a technical leader and inventor and worked on many technical assignments, especially the application of (new) solid state technology to Honeywell products. In addition he became an internal consultant to help other engineers and to solve more difficult technical problems. He was a major contributor to the development of new control devices, which helped to establish a new Honeywell division, the Apparatus Controls Division.

After leaving Honeywell, he continued inventing as an independent engineering consultant providing design and development services to other companies. His success was due in large part to his ability as a problem-solving engineer with broad experience, and outstanding capabilities as an inventor.

NOTE: These biographies have been compiled from information accompanying the nomination form submitted to the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame, information available on the Internet and from a variety of other sources.