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Authorised form of namePillinger; Colin Trevor (1943 - 2014)
SurnamePillinger
ForenamesColin Trevor
Dates1943 - 2014
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Kingswood, Gloucestershire, England (09 May 1943)
Death:
7 May 2014
ActivityProfession:
Research Field:
Education:
Career:
Professor of Planetary Science. Open University
Awards:
Finalist in Descartes Science Communication Prize, worth 5,000 euros (2005) "Through regular media briefings and appearances on popular TV shows, Professor Pillinger has succeeded in raising public awareness of space research (in particular the Hubble story)."
Honours;
CBE 2003 for services to higher education and science
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
11/03/1993
Lectures/prizes:
Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize 2012
Royal Society announces an award in commemoration of Professor Colin Pillinger CBE FRS18 November 2014

17 Nov 2014 This week the Royal Society announces the Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Award in commemoration of the scientific contribution of Professor Colin Pillinger CBE FRS.

The Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Award, which opens in December, will stimulate new collaborations between leading scientists in the UK and overseas. Researchers taking part in the scheme will be supported in visiting overseas scientists, sparking scientific collaborations with researchers from across the globe.

Professor Colin Pillinger CBE FRS was formerly the Head of Planetary and Space Sciences, Open University, and Principal Investigator for the Beagle 2 lander of the Mars Express mission. His research career started with analysis of the Apollo lunar samples.

Professor Pillinger played a leading role in ESA's Rosetta mission, which landed its Philae lander on the surface of the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet last week. As it expands our knowledge of the Solar System, Philae is carrying on board a scientific instrument that was proposed by Professor Colin Pillinger. Ptolemy, a gas chromatography mass spectrometry instrument, analyses samples from the comet and collects data about its composition.

"Colin Pillinger was an outstanding scientist, who strove to expand our scientific horizons with his love of planetary science. He was widely known for his role as principal investigator in the Beagle 2 mission which attempted to land a craft on Mars and captured the nation’s imagination.

"This week, as ESA’s Rosetta space probe successfully dropped its Philae lander onto the surface of a comet, we are delighted to announce the Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Award," said Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society.

In special commemoration of Professor Colin Pillinger’s enthusiasm for sharing his passion for science, participants in the scheme may also receive additional funding to communicate their research to the public. Professor Colin Pillinger’s own excellence in communicating with the public about science was recognised by the award of the Michael Faraday Prize Lecture in 2012, which he gave to an enraptured audience.

The Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Award was made possible with thanks to family and friends of Colin Pillinger. It opens for applications on 12 December 2014.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/294326356
Royal Society codeNA4367
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003589Pillinger, Colin Trevor1993
MS/926/1/13Drafts of publications on Luna 16 and 20, collected by Colin PillingerDecember 1973-July 1976
AV/2/96Beagle 2 Mars Lander2003
MS/926/5/7/2Papers produced by NASA and correspondence relating to Apollo 15, collected by Colin Pillinger14 July 1971 - 12 May 1975
MS/926/8/2/2Papers relating to Royal Society published volume 'The Moon: a new appraisal from space missions and laboratory analyses,' of Colin Pillinger6 December 1976 - 9 January 1977
MS/926/11/3Correspondence with the Science Research Council regarding funding and research opportunities, collected by Colin Pillinger8 September 1977 - 1 November 1978
MS/926/2/4Papers relating to the Lunar Science Institute Conference on Luna 24, collected by Colin Pillinger6 May 1977 - 8 February 1978
MS/926/2/8Print out Mass spectrometer schematics and instructional material, compiled by Colin Pillinger1977 - 13 March 1979
MS/926/2/11Report on the preliminary separation and allocation of the Luna 24 materials, by Colin Pillinger and D M Fabian1980
MS/926/2/13Drafts and correspondence relating to article on the evolution of the regolith at the Luna 24 site, compiled by Colin Pillinger1978
MS/926/5/3/6File, 'Utilisation of lunar samples,' of Colin Pillinger 18 March 1970 - 24 September 1973
MS/926/5/1/2Proposals from the United Kingdom to NASA for the analysis of Apollo lunar surface samples, compiled by the Lunar, Planetary and Interplanetary Matter Working Group6th May 1970
MS/926/5/2/2Papers regarding the security and public display of lunar samples, collected by Colin Pillinger30 December 1970 - 10 September 1976
MS/926/5/4/5Papers relating to Apollo 12 sample number 12023 consortium, collected by Colin Pillinger3 June 1977 - 13 March 1978
MS/926/5/4/6Documents for Apollo 12 lunar sample number 12023 transfers, collected by Colin Pillinger21 December 1977 - 16 February 1978
MS/926/5/6/6Papers relating to the Apollo 14 lunar sample 14267 consortium processes, transfers and analysis, collected by Colin Pillinger6 December 1971 - 8 July 1977
MS/926/5/7/9Papers and correspondence relating to Apollo 15 lunar samples transfer and cutting, collected by Colin Pillinger11 October 1971 - 23 August 1972
MS/926/5/7/7Forms for lunar sample transfer, collected by Colin Pillinger8 November 1977
MS/926/5/9/4Copies of Apollo 16 lunar special samples media coverage, collected by Colin Pillinger12 December 1974 - 13 February 1975
MS/926/5/8/3Papers and correspondence relating to Apollo 16 special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger19 July 1971 - 25 January 1974
MS/926/1/15Correspondence and papers from Russia on Luna 16 and 20, collected by Colin PillingerNovember 1972-3 March 1975
MS/926/5/9/2Correspondence and papers relating to the retrieval of the Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger12 November 1974 - 9 June 2003
MS/926/2/7Papers recording allocation, transfer and analysis of Luna 24 samples, collected by Colin Pillinger25 April 1977 - 7 February 1978
MS/926/5/10/2Correspondence and papers relating to Apollo 17 lunar sample type, transfer and processing, collected by Colin Pillinger16 January 1973 - 7 May 1975
MS/926/8/2/4Administrative papers relating to the Planetary Sciences Study Group, of Colin Pillinger9 November 1971 - 8 February 1973
MS/926/8/1/2Administrative papers relating to the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), of Colin Pillinger while at Cambridge University2 February 1976 - 5 December 1979
MS/926/5/2/4Correspondence with NASA regarding Apollo lunar samples transfer and analysis, collected by Colin Pillinger24 May 1972 - 16 May 1973
MS/926/11Planetary science mission papers; announcements, proposals and correspondence, collected by Colin Pillinger and Geoffrey Eglinton1972 - 1979
MS/926/5/2/8Lunar sample analysis and planning notes and correspondence with the Atomic Energy Agency, collected by Colin Pillinger5 February 1969 - 15 July 1969
MS/926/4/5Notebook labelled 'CTP [Colin Trevor Pillinger] Lunar Notebook', by Colin Pillinger 17 February 1970 - 4 August 1972
MS/926/8/1/1Administrative papers relating to the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), of Colin Pillinger while at Bristol University20 January 1975 - 5 December 1975
MS/926/9Venus Pioneer; photographs of the Venus Pioneer space probe, given to Colin Pillingerc.1979
P/0278Caricature portrait of Pillinger, Colin2004
EC/1993/29Pillinger, Colin Trevor: certificate of election to the Royal Society1987
MS/926/7Working papers, correspondence and data on the solar wind and lunar surface simulation studies, collected by Colin Trevor Pillinger23 September 1971 - 28 April 1976
MS/926/2/1Correspondence regarding the procurement of Luna 24 samples for the UK, collected by Colin Pillinger15 September 1976 - 30 June 1977
MS/926/5/4/1Papers relating to Apollo 12 lunar sample allocation and analysis, collected by Colin Pillinger18 April 1969 - 24 June 1971
MS/926/5/6/3Administrative papers and correspondence relating to Apollo 14 lunar samples, collected by Colin Pillinger13 April 1971 - 11 September 1971
MS/926/5/6/1Papers regarding Apollo 14 lunar sample analysis, collected by Colin PillingerMarch 1971 - 10 January 1973
MS/926/5/7/12Papers and correspondence relating to consortium paper 'The history of lunar breccia 15015', collected by Colin Pillinger21 November 1974 - 18 November 1975
MS/926/5/8/1Papers relating to Apollo 16 lunar sample collection and distribution, collected by Colin Pillinger16 April 1972 - 2 April 1975
MS/926/8/2Administrative papers relating to the British National Committee on Space Research, of Colin Pillinger8 November 1972 - December 1983
MS/926/10/1Viking probe papers, proposal on the potential collection and analysis of Martian soil samples by NASA, by Geoffrey Eglinton13 November 1969 - 14 September 1976
MS/926/5/7/11Correspondence and papers relating to Apollo 15 European lunar sample consortia for samples 15601, 15435, 15015, and Apollo 16 60016, collected by Colin Pillinger15 June 1974 - 16 May 1979
MS/926/2Luna 24; papers concerning distribution and analysis of Luna 24 moon mission samples in the United Kingdom, by Colin Trevor Pillinger1976 - 1980
MS/926/2/2Papers on The Royal Society Soirée Luna 24 consortium exhibit, collected by Colin Pillinger4 January 1978 - 4 May 1978
MS/926/2/5General correspondence relating to Luna 24 analysis, collected by Colin Pillinger20 September 1977 - 23 September 1980
MS/926/5/3/5Papers regarding the background to early lunar separations, collected by Colin Pillinger 1970
MS/926/5/3/3Correspondence relating to the curation and custody of Apollo 11 samples, collected by Colin Pillinger 23 October 1969 - 7 October 1970
MS/926/5/3/2Correspondence relating to Apollo 11 lunar sample analysis, collected by Colin Pillinger 14 July 1969 - 1973
MS/926/5/3/1Correspondence between Geoffrey Eglinton and the Science Research Council, collected by Colin Pillinger 14 July 1969 - 13 August 1969
MS/926/5/4/2Correspondence relating to Apollo 12 lunar sample distribution, custody and contamination, collected by Colin Pillinger26 September 1969 - 26 September 1973
MS/926/5/4/3Correspondence relating to Apollo 12 lunar sample custody, contamination, and preparation collected by Colin Pillinger6 February 1970 - 15 November 1971
MS/926/5/6/5Papers relating to the Apollo 14 lunar sample 14267 consortium analysis and experiments, collected by Colin PillingerJanuary 1972 - 12 March 1974
MS/926/5/6/4Papers on the formation of the consortium to study Apollo 14 lunar sample 14267, collected by Colin Pillinger29 March 1971 - 19 October 1971
MS/926/5/7/4Papers and correspondence of the consortia for Apollo 15 lunar samples 14267 and 15015, collected by Colin Pillinger19 October 1971 - 11 April 1973
MS/926/5/7/10Correspondence and administrative papers relating to Apollo 15 lunar sample consortia, collected by Colin Pillinger12 May 1972 - 29 July 1977
MS/926Working papers on space research, chiefly on lunar samples, accrued by Colin Trevor Pillinger1966-1983
MS/926/2/12Figures, notes and published papers of lunar sample analysis, compiled by Colin Pillinger8th September 1977 - 2009
MS/926/2/6Unbound minutes of the allocation committee for Luna 24 samples, with supporting material and correspondence, collected by Colin Pillinger17 June 1977 - 1 June 1978
MS/926/1Luna 16 and 20; papers concerning distribution and analysis of Luna 16 and 20 moon mission samples in the United Kingdom, by Colin Trevor Pillinger and Geoffrey Eglinton1972-1980
MS/926/8/1Administrative papers relating to the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), of Colin Pillinger20 January 1975 - 5 December 1979
MS/926/8/2/5Administrative papers relating to the Planetary Sciences Working Group and the Subcommittee on Planetary Sciences, of Colin Pillinger8 November 1972 - 22 March 1983
MS/926/5/9/1Correspondence and papers preceeding the retrieval of the Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger24 September 1971 - 23 November 1974
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