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Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe (born 20 January 1939) is a Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist. He is currently Professor and Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, a post he has held since 2011. Chandra Wickramasinghe has written 24 books about astrophysics and related topics; he has made frequent appearances on radio, television and film, and he writes extensive online blogs and articles.

2017-6-12 : Alien Life Found Outside ISS in Vacuum of Space

“Russians scientists have started testing dust samples taken from the outer surface of the International Space Station (ISS) to confirm the results of earlier tests that suggested that micrometeorites and comet dust bombarding the ISS in low Earth orbit could contain alien or extraterrestrial life forms”.

“The ISS surface is possibly a unique and easily available collector… of biomaterial of extra-terrestrial origin.”

Meanwhile, the British astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, of the University of Buckingham, has hailed the Russian study as potentially the “most significant development of the century” that could revolutionize our understanding of life on Earth and in space.

“We are closer now than ever before to acknowledging that extraterrestrial life forms exist, it is a very exciting development,” he added, according to Express. “For years people have tried to debunk theories of life on other planets, very soon they will simply not be able to do this.”

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2017-5-26 : Russia thinks microorganisms may be living outside the space station

Russian officials claim scientists with their space agency have discovered microbes in dust samples collected by cosmonauts from outside a window on their space station module.

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“The micrometeorites and comet dust that settle on the ISS surface may contain biogenic substance of extra-terrestrial origin in its natural form,” Roscosmos officials said in a news release. “The ISS surface is possibly a unique and easily available collector and keeper of comet substance and, possibly, of biomaterial of extra-terrestrial origin.”
 

2017-2-27 : Life’s Beginnings

Letter to the Editor of The Times

LONDON, 27 February 2017 .

Sir, The recent report of Winston Churchill’s unpublished essay News, Feb 16. 2017), in which he argues that planets outside the solar system are likely to be inhabited, came days before Nasa’s announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-like planets
39 light years away orbiting the star Trappist-l (News, Feb 23).

The two announcements have a rare consonance. If life does indeed
exist on a multiplicity of planets, it would mean either that life starts
everywhere de novo with ease or it spreads from a single unknown
starting point. In view of the continued failure of science to demonstrate that life can start spontaneously in a planetary
environment, the more likely option is the latter — one proposed and developed by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and myself over the past four decades.

Microbial life from which all other life derives is transported with
comparative ease and spreads across the galaxy like an infection.

Churchill’s conjecture would then be verified.

PROFESSOR CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE

Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology,

University of Buckingham

 

2016-10-4 : Astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe and astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar at University of Valparaíso, PUCV

Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV)

Students, academics and researchers came to the Hall of Honor of the PUCV to participate in a meeting with the noted astronomer and astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe and renowned astrophysicist internationally Jayant Narlikar, at which time both eminences attended doubts and shared details and anecdotes about their careers.

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Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is co-author of the theory of panspermia, which suggests that life on Earth may have originated abroad, reaching the first molecules to the planet via meteorites or comets.

http://pucv.cl/pucv/evento/encuentro-con-el-astronomo-chandra-wickramasinghe-y-el-astrofisico/2016-09-27/114646.html

2016-10-26 : MUMBAI hosts astrobiology conference on life in space

India’s first Astrobiology Conference Life in Space – was organised in the city of MUMBAI by the Indian Astrobiology Research Centre and IARC Centre for United Nations in collaboration with Nehru Science Centre.

The conference was a huge success attended by Astrobiology students from across India. 

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe from Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK delivered the first Arthur C Clarke memorial lecture, based on his four decades long quest for extraterrestrial life.

In particular his lecture reviewed his lifelong efforts to test the Panspermia Theory. In 2016 this remains the most likely hypothesis for the spreading of life across the galaxy.

As humans review the wonderful data from the recent ESA visit to Comet 67P, and as we prepare to visit Mars and moons of Jupiter and Saturn, evidence converges to Panspermia as still the most likely explanation on the spread of viruses, bacteria, algae etc across the Milky Way.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke entertains Chandra at his home in Sri Lanka.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke entertains Chandra at his home in Sri Lanka.

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke bronze at the historic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo where CW stayed en route to Mumbai. ACC wrote most of the novel 2001 A Space Odyssey whilst he stayed at this same hotel!

The theory of panspermia hypothesizes that life did not originate on Earth but was delivered to Earth from some other part of the galaxy or even from another part of the universe.

On this occasion, a new fund called, “Chandra Wickramasinghe Fund for Panspermia Research” was announced. This fund will encourage astrobiology research amongst students in India.