Prof Colin Pillinger CBE FRS FRAS 1943-2014
The Royal Astronomical Society is sorry to learn of the death of planetary scientist Prof Colin Pillinger. During his career, his work ranged from analysing samples of moon rock brought back by Apollo astronauts to the UK Martian probe Beagle 2 and the Huygens lander on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
Prof Pillinger was always happy to share and discuss his science with the media and audiences young and old, where his unfailing enthusiasm and willingness to challenge established views shone through.
Prof David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, paid tribute to his friend and longstanding collaborator. "Colin was driven by science but especially the will to establish whether Mars had, has or could have sustained life. That will was expressed in enthusiasm, wit and tireless work and was infectious. He touched many lives and careers. He will be much missed."