The EISENHOWER DAY Celebrations Conference


3.00 pm       : Registration and arrival of participants

3.15 pm       : Welcome speech by our Chairman EFASL or Fellow nominee. Followed by presentation on President Eisenhower

3.30 pm        : Invited Guest Speaker Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Astrobiologist from Cardiff, UK on the topic “New research shows certainty of extraterrestrial life”. Followed by Q & A. Astrobiology website:   Personal website:   ISPA website:

4.45 pm        : Tea/Coffee break (20 minutes)

5.15 pm        : Eisenhower Fellow Chandra Jayaratne – recognition of  English Teacher Mr. Gilbert Ranasinghe and at least four (4) Students “Mahinda Kanishta Vidyalaya” off Kurunegala. . Details at the Web: or

5.30 pm        : SLINTEC Overview  Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, CEO (15 minutes) followed by “Economic Impact of Nanotechnology” Professor Veranja Karunaratne, Associate Director of SLINTEC. Followed by  Q & A

6.45 pm        : Vote of thanks

On behalf of Organizing Committee

Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka

September 15, 2016.


Fred Hoyle Birth Centennial – his remarkable career and the impact of his science

Click here for the formal announcement for this special day. The Centenary of Fred Hoyle was on 24th June 2015. This specialist discussion on the history of astronomy will examine Fred’s impact on all aspects of astrophysics and cosmology. Hoyle is noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his controversial stances on other cosmological and scientific matters – in particular his rejection of the “Big Bang” theory. The emphasis will be a retrospective of Hoyle’s professional career in advancing astronomy, and his lasting contributions to astronomy. Hoyle’s many honours include the RAS Gold Medal (1968), the Bruce Medal (1970), the Royal Medal (1974) and the Crafoord Prize (1997). He served as President of the Society 1971-73.

14.30 Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe (Univ Buckingham). Fred Hoyle and the foundation of astrobiology as a new discipline. 40 years of friendship and scientific colaboration.




Fred Hoyle at lunch at the conference "Frontiers of Astronomy 1975" in honor of his 60th birthday. Visible at the next table is Beatrice Tinsley.
Fred Hoyle at lunch at the conference “Frontiers of Astronomy 1975” in honor of his 60th birthday. Visible at the next table is Beatrice Tinsley.



Dedication of Art Piece at Churchill College, Cambridge

Life is a Cosmic Phenomenon (The Salish Sea) by North American First Nations “Coast Salish” Artist Chris Paul.
Dedicated on Canada Day, July 1st, 2015 to the visionary collaboration of Sir Fred Hoyle (on this his 100th Centenary) and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe (2015/16 Visiting By-Fellow of Churchill College)
The Salish Sea

More ……….

American First Nations Coast Salish Artist Chris Paul
American First Nations Coast Salish Artist Chris Paul

“New ideas, fragile as spring flowers, easily bruised by the tread of the multitude, may yet be cherished by the solitary wanderer”,
Sir Fred Hoyle, The Black Cloud , 1957 , p142

“There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty”,
Winston Churchill.

“Amongst a myriad stars
I stand alone
And wonder
How much life and love
Is there tonight ……. ?”
Chandra Wickramasinghe, as a young man in Sri Lanka.

Donated by :

Cattle Point Arts, Science and Culture Foundation, Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Canada
July 1st, 2015 (Canada Day)

P.S. I am not a scientist. I don’t get this. What does it mean?

International Astrobiology Research Conference – 2015

The Transition from Earth-Centred Biology to Cosmic Biology

Why Sri Lanka?

London, July 20, 2015 :  Stephen Hawking: There is ‘no bigger question’ in science than the search for extraterrestrial life

From the 2001 occurrence of Red Rain in Sri Lanka to the 2012 meteorite falls in the Polonnaruwa district some areas of astrobiology research has naturally been focussed on this island. Moreover, University of Ceylon Alumnus Vidya Jyothi Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe being one of the pioneers of this subject, particularly in relation to panspermia, we consider an interdisciplinary conference to be a timely venture. Recent research in many diverse areas of science from microbiology, studies of comets and cometary dust in the stratosphere to the search for habitable extrasolar planets all point to the relevance of such a conference.


The University of Peradeniya recognizing the relevance and importance of this field is pleased to announce the 1st International Conference on Astrobiology to be held in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This conference will provide a timely forum for scientists not only from south Asia, but from around the world who work in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe — to convene and report on research findings and plan future endeavours.

NASA SearchforLife

The field of Astrobiology is a new emerging field encompassing the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and its connection to life on Earth. This interdisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to challenges on Earth and in outer space.



Life is Everywhere - Convergence to Panspermia

International Conference To Celebrate 100 Years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Birth Centenary Year of Professor Sir Fred Hoyle

The year 2015 is the Birth Centenary year of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and also Birth Centenary year of Professor Sir Fred Hoyle. General Theory of Relativity is a revolutionary theory of the Universe. Professor Sir Fred Hoyle throughout his whole life gave revolutionary theories about the Universe and was exponent of popularization of science throughout the world.

With Fred Hoyle SriLanka1981

The Indian Planetary Society is organizing an International Conference on Einstein’s Theory and the last full day of the Conference will be dedicated to Professor Sir Fred Hoyle. In this International Conference, scientists of National & International repute will give talks on various aspects of the Universe. Participants will also get chance to interact with them in Panel Discussion and Question & Answer session. Along with Science, participants will also get to enjoy Drama and other cultural programs by some of the best Professionals.


Hemu Gadhavi Auditorium, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

3rd Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture

3rd Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture

Discovering Extraterrestrial Life: a Turning Point for Humanity

By   Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe

 The discovery of extraterrestrial life, or even the confirmation of its existence by homo sapiens, appears to be highly imminent in the year 2014.  This event when it happens will mark the most important turning point in the entire history of human civilisation.  Utilising new knowledge and new opportunities that arise from this discovery will be our challenge in the years ahead……The lecturer, one of the world’s leading astronomers, is a pioneer of modern studies on the dispersal of extraterrestrial life…….