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Episode 92: Revisiting Panspermia with Prof. Wickramasinghe

1 Jan 2021, 02:03 UTC
Episode 92: Revisiting Panspermia with Prof. Wickramasinghe
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Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe

The idea of Panspermia, that life exists throughout the universe and spreads via asteroids, comets and cosmic dust, has been around for a long time. Two of the strongest advocates were Professor Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe. 

In this episode I spoke at length with Professor Wickramasinghe about his long and distinguished career championing the idea of panspermia the covering the topics:

Initial difficulties in establishing Panspermia as a legitimate and respectable topic for scientific study.Professor Wickramasinghe’s journey in 1960 form Cylon (as it was known at the time) to Cambridge as Hoyle’s Phd student.His personal recollections of Fred Hoyle (initially his Phd supervisor and later collaborator) and Arthur C Clarke, who had made Cylon his home in the late 1950s.His views on how the research on Panspermia has developed and where it stands today

Prof. Fred Hoyle 1962Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe 1978Fred Hoyle and Wickramasinghe 1980Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe 2001Home-made telescope late 1950sPictures curtesy of Prof. Wickramasinghe

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