|Sir Angus Tait
Bronze bust of Sir Angus Tait as part of the Twelve Local Heroes sculpture
22 July 1919|
Oamaru, New Zealand
|Died||7 August 2007
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Occupation||Electronics innovator, philanthropist and businessman|
Tait had a childhood fascination for electronics and during and after high school at Waitaki Boys' High School, he worked in a friend's (Kempton Collett) radio store. He served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and also the Royal Air Force instructing as a second lieutenant on radar in Britain, during World War II.
After the war, he designed and built mobile radio equipment, although his first company went into receivership. In 1969, he founded Tait Electronics Ltd, now operating as Tait Radio Communications, Christchurch (New Zealand), with men who had decided to remain loyal and see him through; now his company is considered a world leader in mobile radio[by whom?]. He had persisted in keeping his manufacturing base in New Zealand, with 95 per cent of production exported to 160 countries.
He was awarded the IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition in 1998. He was knighted in 1999, one of the "Bright Future" initiatives of the National Government. Presently, Tait's company employs in excess of 850 people. In March 2009, Tait was commemorated as one of the Twelve Local Heroes, and a bronze bust of him was unveiled outside the Christchurch Arts Centre.
He died in 2007, at the age of 88.
- "IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
- "Electronics company pioneer Sir Angus Tait dies at 88". The Press. Stuff.co.nz. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2010.