I didn’t know Peter Wadsworth, but I wish I had known him. Here are his vital statistics:
Peter Wadsworth, age 38. Attended Reed College and Harvard. Studied History, Psychology, Chinese, Religion. Spoke some Mandarin. Spoke some Coptic.
Spoke some Mandarin and some Coptic. That’s when I began to appreciate Wadsworth’s deep intellect. He wrote on his LinkedIn Profile the he “designed non-traditional drones for private consultants.” He worked on drone projects that involved VTOL -- vertical take-off and landing -- extended range and payload capacity and a mix of fuel sources and propellant. Drones using these technologies can map large areas or deliver small loads. What this means is that Peter Wadsworth was a thinker in an emerging field of drone technology and application. He saw the potential for technology and how it could be helpful.
A thinker. That’s what Wadsworth was. A friend of his -- who would only talk to KQED if we agreed not to use his name because he wanted to honor how Wadsworth “didn’t like to draw any attention to himself" -- says, “he was one of the smartest guys I knew (literally genius level in my estimation), and always wanted to be part of a big idea, from behind the scenes. He's had impact in the early stages of at least one of the biggest California tech success stories, but no one would know because that's not how he wants to be known. Wicked nice guy with a big heart and always willing to make time for others.”
Wadsworth’s high school literature teacher, Steven Craig, wrote a blog post about his former student upon hearing the news of his death: “His papers were grammatically flawed but philosophically insightful, and I pushed him to explore the boundaries of his thinking,” Craig writes. “As he would sit in my room long after class to discuss Oscar Wilde (a personal favorite for both of us), Shakespeare or Huxley, I knew I had this kid hooked. He was sort of like my prized protégé, comprised of an intellect that had the cutting ability to see through the bullshit but the passionate heart to embrace all the world had to offer us nonetheless.”