Peter Beck

Peter Beck is the founder of Rocket Lab, a private aerospace company with bases in New Zealand and the USA.

Peter Beck
Peter Beck at the 2020 Royal Society of New Zealand awards

Peter was born and raised in Invercargill, a city in southern New Zealand. He had an interest in engineering and rockets since childhood, and at age 17 he took on a toolmaking apprenticeship at appliance manufacturer Fisher & Paykel. While there, he learned about and experimented with rockets in his spare time. He went to on to work at Industrial Research Limited, a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand, before establishing Rocket Lab in 2006.


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