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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Sir, The recent report of Winston Churchill’s unpublished essay News, Feb 16. 2017), in which he argues that planets outside the solar system are likely to be inhabited, came days before Nasa’s announcement of the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.

 

2016-9-13 : NEW BOOK – The Big Bang and God – Astro-Theology

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Dear Professor Wickramasinghe:

Just a note to let you know that your book has been reviewed on the new online book review site of the American Academy of Religion, Reading Religion.  You can find your book here: (http://readingreligion.org/books/big-bang-and-god). I encourage you to take a look at the review and comment on it if you would like. (You need to be an AAR member to comment.)

While you’re there, please take the time to see what Reading Religion has to offer. Our aim is to review as many titles as possible from among all the scholarly books in religious studies and allied fields. You will see that in addition to being able able to read reviews of books, you can also find out what has recently been published in religious studies. We hope you will return the service that has been extended to you already, and volunteer to review a book from among the many listed on the site as available for review.

I look forward to meeting you online! Feel free to tweet out news of your review (#readingreligion) and/or post it on social media.

Best,

Cynthia Eller

Editor

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

 

2016-8-31 : ISPA Related News September 2016

Milton Wainwright and Tareq Omairi have published a paper showing new evidence that life may be currently coming into the Earth.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299754776

The evidence is based on a series of stratospheric balloon flights in which hitherto unknown biological entities were recovered from heights in the range 23-28 km. The ISPA balloon project, which is still in its final planning stage, aims to extend this work by exploring greater heights in the stratosphere and looking for evidence of microorganisms as well as viruses.

New Collaborations
Chandra Wickramasinghe is collaborating with Professors Christopher Tout and Gehan Amaratunga of Cambridge University on a paper: “The nature of interstellar carbon grains and astrobiology”.

We are also planning laboratory experiments on microorganisms to test predictions of the biological model of interstellar dust.

Jiangwen Qu of the Tianjin Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China has published a paper in Reviews of Medicine and Virology in which they argue that maxima and minima in the sunspot cycle are causally linked to the emergence of new strains of influenza that have pandemic potential. The link is most likely to be caused by the introduction of new RNA virions with which already circulating influenza viruses can recombine or hybridize. Qu points out that keeping a watch on the impending maxima/minima of the sunspot cycle combined with ground-based epidemiology and virology might serve to predict the next pandemic.

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The association between the sunspot cycle and influenza pandemics, 1700–2014 A.D. Red circles represent the starting years of definite influenza pandemics; blue triangles represent the starting years of possible influenza pandemics.

In other papers in press by Qu and his team in China, collaborating with Chandra Wickramasinghe, reached a similar conclusion in connection with sunspots and outbreaks of SARS and MERS outbreaks and Ebola.

Japanese translations

Gensuke Tokoro has translated “A Journey with Fred Hoyle” (2nd Edition) and “The Search for Our Cosmic Ancestry” by Chandra Wickramasinghe into the Japanese language. The first of these Japanese editions to be published is “A Journey with Fred Hoyle” the cover of which is below:

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New book and interview

Chandra Wickramasinghe is co-authoring a book entitled “Cosmic Womb” with Robert Bauval to be published in Spring 2017 by Inner Traditions, USA. Interview on u-tube:


Lectures abroad

On October 5th Chandra Wickramasinghe will deliver a lecture “Cosmic Life: A brave new world view” to the Astronomical Societies of Chile:

http://www.astrosaval.cl/congreso2016-programa

From 9th to 25th October he will be giving lectures and engaging in joint research projects in India and Sri Lanka.