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A former advisor to the European Space Agency, he became emeritus professor at London's Brunel University, working on projects linked to ageing populations.
Brunel colleagues described him as an "inventive and inspirational leader". Close friend Professor Ian Sutherland added: "There was nothing he loved more than having a team of people around him, devising completely new ways of doing things."
Friends and colleagues also recalled his love of practical jokes, particularly one instance when he arrived at his 80th birthday party on a scooter propelled by fire extinguishers.
originally posted by: DictionaryOfExcuses
I clicked on the thread because the title made it sound like OP was thanking a person for dying. I really need to get some sleep...