Colin Pillinger

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Birthday
9, 1943
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 7, 2014 (70)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
9, 1943
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 7, 2014 (70)

About

Noted scientist and founder of the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at Open University. He is perhaps best known for his work on the ill-fated Beagle 2 project.

Before Fame

Despite claiming not to be a good science student, he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University College of Swansea.

Trivia

His studies on asteroids were referenced in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park.

Family Life

His father, Alfred, worked for the Gas Board.

Associated With

The title of his Mars lander project, Beagle 2, was inspired by Charles Darwin's ship, the HMS Beagle.