BSc Chemistry, PhD Mass Spectrometry. Class of 1964. Pioneer. Space Scientist. Mars Explorer.
Colin completed his BSc and PhD in Chemistry at Swansea, though he once admitted “he was a disaster of a science student”. For a disaster of a student he certainly made up for it through his career. After graduating, Colin became a senior research associate at Cambridge University and then a senior research fellow at the Open University. He then went on to become Professor of Interplanetary Science at the Open University.
Colins first job was with NASA. He was involved with the Apollo Space programme and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission. He analysed the lunar samples brought back by Apollo.