An analog microchip scientist who wrote a book titled, "How to Drive into Accidents — and How Not to" has been killed in a car accident. Bob Pease, 70, died when his 1969 Volkswagen Beetle crashed into a tree in Saratoga, California this past weekend.

Pease, a "self-described curmudgeon," according to Mercury News, wore a long, white beard and "on occasion could be spotted throwing computers off the tops of buildings." His wry sense of humor and grumpiness made him a hero of nerdy, Silicon Valley electronics engineers, who knew him best by his column in Electronic Design magazine.

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TechEye.net reports Pease was not wearing his seatbelt.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash. Alanis Morissette could not be reached for comment. (Thanks to Scott for the tip!)