All posts by William E. (Bill) Smith

William E. Smith, BSc (Special Maths), MBA, CITP, CEng, AKC In 1996 at the age of 50, Bill took 2 years off to do an MBA at UVIC. This led to a work term in Malaysia with Microsoft where represented Microsoft on the revolutionary Malaysia Smart School project. From 1998-2002 Bill was employed by Microsoft in London and Paris. In 2004, Bill was invited to teach a pre-MBA boot camp at Sharif University in Tehran (The MIT of IRAN). Bill moved back to Victoria in 2005 and since that time has focused his time and energy between managing the IT aspects of his family’s 25 year old successful travel agency, Athlone Travel; contributing to local municipal committees; and continuing his study of physics and astrobiology. The latter is a lifetime passion, from his undergraduate days in London, where he studied relativity under the great scientist Sir Herman Bondi, later to become Head of the European Space Agency (ESA). Over the past 2 years, 2013-2014, Bill has become a friend and colleague of one of Bondi’s peers, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, and has dedicated his time to the study of Astrobiology co-authoring two published academic papers with Wickramasinghe. Bill shares the Chandra Wickramasinghe vision that "Life is a Cosmic Phenomenon" and takes pleasure in the fact that he lived to see a time when Panspermia finally moved into mainstream science - in 2013 with the Kepler Mission discoveries.

2014-7-31 : Professor Chandra Delivers “RAY WIJEWARDENE 2014” Lecture

Anoma Wijewardene  thanks Chandra:  “For a scintillating, thought provoking, challenging and yet accessible to us laymen lecture. We have had enthusiastic response from all and so many are thanking us for the opportunity to hear someone they have longed to hear for years!   A great service to the Trust and the nation. We are deeply grateful” .

MTV Newsfirst provides 2 minutes of footage.

The poster for the RAY WIJEWARDENE 2014 follows.

This newspaper article from this morning’s SRI LANKAN Sunday Times by Smriti Daniel  captures the essence of Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe’s Lecture.

On 8 August 2014 02:12, Nalaka Gunawardene <alien@nalaka.org> wrote:

Dear Dr Wickramasinghe,

I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you during the Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture in Colombo last week, but I enjoyed being in your packed audience.

I have just written up my impressions as part of my weekly column that appears in Ceylon Today newspaper, 8 August 2014.
Since the newspaper’s website is not well developed, and is poorly indexed, I archive my column in a dedicated blog:
http://collidecolumn.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/when-worlds-collide-116-did-we-all-come-from-outer-space/

I welcome your comments – and if you agree, would like to do an email interview that follows up on your lecture and recent biography, which I enjoyed reading.

Thanks and best,

Nalaka

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Chandra  responded :

Dear Nalaka

Thank for sending me your article.  A good defense of orthodoxy!  I should comment that I never chose to be heterodox or follow the path of the maverick.  Only the facts directed me at all times!  I think that in unsolved problems in science (of which the origin of life is one) it is always the heterodox that turns out to be right,

I will be glad to give you another email interview, if you like.  I am copying this to my colleague to link your article to our website.

Best

Chandra

July 29, 2014 : ROSETTA Arrives at the COMET and the world watches on

July 29, 2014 : ROSETTA Arrives at the COMET67P –  and the world watches on. After coping for many months with the stresses of MH370, then MH17, we now have the Israel-Palestine confrontation showing the very worst of the human condition. To help us cope with these horrors, the world’s media did bring us the 2014 Brazil Soccer World Cup. It was an event which brought much needed joy to the world’s population. The good news is that we now have another global (or should I say Cosmic) event which is guaranteed to bring much needed joy.

So it is with optimism that we greet the arrival of the Rosetta Mission at COMET 67P.

This BLOG entry is addressed to the program planners at the BBC and CNN (et al) even at GOOGLE who did such a fine job covering COMET ISON’s perihelion disintegration event on Thanksgiving Eve last November 2013.

Lets re-explain how the Rosetta Mission has been journeying for 10 years. Wikipedia summarizes it well.  It finally arrives this month (August 2014). It is currently slowly pulling up alongside the Comet 67P – approaching kilometer by kilometer finally arriving next Wednesday August 6th. The best way to follow the arrival is on Twitter. There you will get daily links to news and current images.
You will recall TV coverage of ISON last October and November was substantial. CNN and the BBC realized that this was a compelling story and even though the COMET pretty much disintegrated in time for USA Thanksgiving Dinner, fortunately the Europeans continued to observe and as the Yanks were eating their turkey, the world watched something slowly reappear around from the back of the SUN. Awesome was the only word to describe that evening.

Well we are all expecting the excitement of Rosetta’s landing on the COMET 67P to be even more breathtaking. Of course people like myself are wondering if we will be able to detect “signs of life” once we are on the surface. But to the children of the world, the excitement will be landing on this massive asteroid orbiting the SUN.
Adults usually explain to their children how exciting it was when Man landed on the MOON in 1969. But to today’s young people, now used to robots, drones and virtual reality, this “experience” will be compelling. They will easily be able to feel they are actually inside the Philae Lander Craft.

It will be the actual landing and exploration of the surface of the comet which will hold the world spell-bound in November 2014. But as build up to this event, the next 3 months, especially the next 4 weeks, CNN and BBC can be expected to bring the world’s best TV Science Communicators to your TV screens to explain what is happening and to share the wonder.

 

2014-7-14 : Panspermia Evidence Summary 2014-4-1 -> 2014-6-30

The Last Six Months Developments as a Summary Hot List

April 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 Here is my latest summary list of the items from the last three months on the http://panspermia.org website that we recommend you check out :

Best wishes

Professor Brig Klyce

Honorary Associate Professor, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology

http://www.panspermia.org

Jan 24, 2014 : His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse, President of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka

24th January 2014

Chandra Wickramasinghe had an audience with His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse, President of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka. He appraised the President of the latest findings regarding the Aralaganwila meteorite and urged His Excellency to declare the location of the 29th December 2012 meteorite fall as a site of national heritage. In the fullness of time the events of this day that took place in Sri Lanka could be regarded as having established beyond doubt that life is a truly cosmic phenomenon. President Rajapakse gave assent to this proposal and immediately set in train the protocol that would ensure its implementation.