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Leading scientists have paid tribute to Colin Pillinger, the "eccentric professor" who inspired a generation.Read the full story ›
Professor Monic Grady says Colin Pillinger's death has been a tragic blow, and that he didn't live to see the end of the Rosetta Mission, of which he had been a 'driving force'.
Speaking to ITV News Anglia back in 2010, Prof. Pillinger explains the 'very British reason' for the failure of the Beagle 2 spacecraft.
Dave Moore, who worked with Colin Pillinger on the Beagle 2 project, pays tribute to a scientist with huge charisma and wonderful drive.
Alex James from Blur, who worked with Prof Pillinger on the Beagle 2 project, has paid tribute to the scientist
The Essex musician-turned-farmer helped to finance the space project and the band created the probe's call sign.
"Colin had the rare gift of being able to make things that were complicated and ambitious seem simple and achievable. We need more scientists like that. He was unique, and I will miss him."
The family of planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger told the BBC his death was "devastating and unbelievable".
The pioneering scientist, who was best known for the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, became a professor in interplanetary science at the Open University in 1991.
He also earned a host of other qualifications and numerous awards during his prestigious career.