Peter Trier (1919-2005), electronics engineer and industrial research laboratory director, worked at the Admiralty Signals Research Establishment before joining the Mullard Research Laboratories, which served the UK businesses of the Dutch Philips Company, in 1950. After being appointed director in 1953 he oversaw the rapid and successful growth of the organisation. Key projects included radar defence systems, night vision equipment,the alloy diffusion technique of transistor fabrication and MASER amplifiers. In 1969 he was appointed to the board of Philips Industries as group director for research and development. Outside of Philips he held a number of positions on the Council of Brunel University, served on several government committees, including the Defence Scientific Advisory Council, which he chaired from 1981-1985, and was a member of the management committee of the Wine Society.