Earlier this week we got the tragic news that Grant Imahara passed away. He was an engineer and roboticist by trade, who was perhaps best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series ‘Mythbusters’.
He also worked at Lucasfilm’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions and was one of the R2-D2 Operators in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. One of his most recent projects was Netflix’s ‘White Rabbit Project’ in which he joined Kari Byron and Tory Belleci to investigate technology through experiments, builds, and tests.
In an interview with ‘Machine Design’ in 2008, Imahara said that he wanted to be an engineer because, “I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way. When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”
Imahara passed on July 13th due to a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. This is a devastating loss of an educator and entertainer in the industry.
To those who knew him, he was a generous and kind person who brought joy to many. He was a person who put the needs of others before his own. Our deepest of condolences goes out to Imahara’s friends and family. The legacy he left behind will be remembered by many.