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.

2019-9-11 : Water Vapor on the Habitable-Zone Exoplanet K2-18b

“Ever since the discovery of the first exoplanet, astronomers have made steady progress towards finding and probing planets in the habitable zone of their host stars, where the conditions could be right for liquid water to form and life to sprawl. Results from the Kepler mission indicate that the occurrence rate of habitable-zone Earths and super-Earths may be as high as 5–20%. Despite this abundance, probing the conditions and atmospheric properties on any of these habitable-zone planets is extremely difficult and has remained elusive to date. Here, we report the detection of water vapor and the likely presence of liquid water clouds in the atmosphere of the 8.6 M⊕ habitable-zone planet K2-18b”.

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2019-9-9 : A VIDEO tribute to Sir Fred Hoyle – one of the outstanding astrophysicists of all time

Sir Fred Hoyle was one of the outstanding astrophysicists of all time. He was the pioneer scientist to initiate the concept of Stellar Nucleosynthesis. He was known for many controversial theories such as Steady-State theory, Quasi Steady-State theory, Panspermia, Molecular Cloud etc.
Later, many of his theories were accepted by a major part of the scientific community among which Panspermia and Molecular Cloud are the most popular ones.
Science Media Centre, IISER Pune has produced this documentary based on Sir Fred Hoyle’s life and work as a tribute to his enormous contribution to cosmology.
Credit: Some of the photographs used in this video were captured by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe and his family (one in the Lake District, walking in Sri Lanka, at the blackboard etc).
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The full documentary : https://youtu.be/ou5-i90jYOo
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