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Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture 2014

Ray Wijewardene memorial lecture by Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe

Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture 2014 on “Extra-terrestrial Life and Future Trajectory of Humanity” was delivered by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, on 31 July 2014 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) auditorium, Colombo 7.

Professor Wickramasinghe, BSc (Ceylon), MA, PhD, ScD (Cantab), Hon DSc (Sri Lanka, Ruhuna), Hon DLitt (Tokyo, Soka), FIMA, FRAS, FRSA, 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. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Ruhuna University Sri Lanka; Professor, Cardiff University; and Honorary Professor, University of Glamorgan.

His research interests include the interstellar medium, infrared astronomy, light scattering theory, applications of solid-state physics to astronomy, the early Solar System, comets, astrochemistry, the origin of life and astrobiology.

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.

 

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Smriti Daniel interviews Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe
The Sunday Times, 27 July 2014
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140727/plus/beginning-of-life-look-to-space-not-earth-108232.html

Prof Chandra delivers Ray Wijewardene memorial lecture
http://profchandra.org/2014/08/2014-7-31-professor-chandra-delivers-ray-wijewardene-2014-lecture/

When Worlds Collide: Did we all come from outer space?
By Nalaka Gunawardene, Ceylon Today, 8 August 2014
http://collidecolumn.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/when-worlds-collide-116-did-we-all-come-from-outer-space/