Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is a Professor at Cardiff University, Honorary Professor at the University of Buckingham and is currently the Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology in the UK. He is also a Team member of European Space Agency/NASA’s Rosetta Mission which is due to rendezvous with comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko in May 2014. Chandra is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Astrophysics and Space Science, Journal of Scientific Exploration and he is also the Editor of Astrobiology for internet journal JournalofCosmology.com.
He was a student and collaborator of Sir Fred Hoyle whose joint work on the characterisation of interstellar dust led to the development of both the modern theory of panspermia and the concept that some diseases are the result of bacteria and viruses incident from comets. His work in this field continues through investigation of both fossilised and also viable bacteria found in meteors and episodic period of "Red Rain".
Born and educated in Sri Lanka, he currently lives in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications; and has also won awards for his poetry. In 2005 Asian Power named Chandra Wickramasinghe as one of the 100 most influential Asians living in the UK.
Exopolitics Great Britain appearances by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe
- 28 SEPT 2013 : "The Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life"