Peter Harold Cole

Peter H. Cole
Born20 December 1936 (1936-12-20) (age 82)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Known forRFIDs
AwardsFulbright scholarship
Scientific career
FieldsElectronic engineer
InstitutionsUniversity of Adelaide
University of Sydney
Doctoral advisorRonald Ernest Aitchison
Doctoral studentsKamran Eshraghian

Peter Harold Cole (born 20 December 1936) is an Australian electronic engineer notable for pioneering research in the area of RFID technology, holding over 30 patents.


Peter Cole obtained his BSc (1957), BE (1959) and PhD (1964) degrees at the University of Sydney, and then was a postdoc for three years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under a Fulbright scholarship. He obtained his PhD, under Ronald Ernest Aitchison, at the University of Sydney in 1964 with a thesis entitled Energy Exchange and Loss Properties of Ferrites for Parametric Amplifiers. For his BE he won the university medal.


His work has been in the areas of radio frequency identification, electromagnetic engineering, microcircuit design, and signal processing. He taught at the University of Adelaide and the University of Sydney, and is now Professor of Radio Frequency Identification Systems in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He was a founder of the company Integrated Silicon Design Pty. Ltd., a South Australian Company specialising in Radio Frequency Identification Systems. From 1984 to 1999 he was the Chairman of Directors of Integrated Silicon Design Pty. Ltd. In 2002, he was invited to join the Auto-ID Center established by MIT, and is now Director of the Auto-ID Laboratory at Adelaide, one of six Auto-ID research laboratories throughout the word supported by EPCglobal.

Books by Peter H. Cole

  • Peter H. Cole and Damith C. Ranasinghe, Networked RFID Systems and Lightweight Cryptography: Raising Barriers to Product Counterfeiting, Springer, 2007, ISBN 3-540-71640-8.

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