Professor Martin Turner DSc, CBE

It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the untimely death of Martin Turner. Martin passed away last night following a protracted illness.

Through his career Martin was a hugely influential figure in the field of X-ray astronomy. In 2004, he was honoured with a CBE for services to X-ray astronomy. Paying tribute to his colleague, George Fraser, commented at the time that 'The award of a CBE to Martin Turner is  very well-deserved recognition of a tremendous contribution to the field of X-ray Astronomy in a career of over thirty years here at Leicester. Martin has, perhaps uniquely, led the development of three major instruments in the field launched respectively on EXOSAT (1983), Ginga (1987) and XMM-Newton (1999). The last of these, the XMM-Newton EPIC camera -for which he is the ESA Principal Investigator  - continues to perform flawlessly in orbit'.

Martin maintained his commitment to X-ray astronomy right up to his recent retirement including being a Co-Principal Investigator on a proposal for a next-generation X-ray space observatory (XEUS) submitted to ESA in 2007. He also had a very strong interest in space exploration - for example his Inaugural Lecture in 2005 was entitled "The Journey to Mars".

Martin will be sadly missed by his many friends at Leicester, elsewhere in the UK and worldwide.



Prof Mark Lester 
Head of Department and Professor of Solar Terrestrial Physics 
Radio and Space Plasma Physics Group 
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
University of Leicester
United Kingdom

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