[meteorite-list] RIP Professor Colin Pillinger

From: Graham Ensor <graham.ensor_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 13:11:02 +0100
Message-ID: <CAJkn+kZN2iWCgn6=4KS0odrtS=feoBtR8HFZYuw65+99w+c0iw_at_mail.gmail.com>

Yes Martin he will be sorely missed. Met him several times in my early
days of meteorite collecting at a display I did at Derby
University...a very kind and friendly bloke who I was liaising with
recently about the Barwell Meteorite fall 50th anniversary next year.

Rest in peace amongst the stars Colin.

On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM, Martin Goff via Meteorite-list
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Sad news today on the passing of a space science legend Colin Pillinger. He
> died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage last night. He was a truly dedicated
> and inspirational man whose infectious enthusiasm for science was passed
> onto many over the years.
> Up until last week I was in regular correspondence with Colin mostly about
> the subject of Wold Cottage and especially of the story of Major Edward
> Topham. He was working on a long term book project about Topham's life and
> it was this we discussed during out last conversation. I had acquired some
> original documents and artwork by Edward Topham that Colin was interested
> in. One thing I will always remember above all about him is his dry sense
> of humour and wit that made every conversation with him a joy.
> The asteroid 15614 Pillinger that is named after him is only a tiny
> part of his huge legacy but one that I will remember him by everytime
> I gaze spacewards.
> "Brilliant but a bit bonkers" is one of the most all encompassing
> quotes I have read about him today and one that rings very true. He
> was a true British boffin.
> I know I posted this before but for anyone that didn't see it then
> please take an hour out of your day to watch this lecture by Colin and
> witness the warmth, wit and character of one of the greats of space
> science.
> https://royalsociety.org/events/2012/stones-from-the-sky/
> He will be sorely missed by many.
> Sincerely
> Martin
> Martin Goff
> www.msg-meteorites.co.uk
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Received on Thu 08 May 2014 08:11:02 AM PDT

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