Tales from the Riverbank - Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe MBE

Tales from the Riverbank - Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe MBE

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Ondaatje Hall

5 Church Street


MK18 1BY

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Prof. James Tooley welcomes you to the beautiful garden at the VC's residence, Ondaatje Hall, Buckingham, to listen to Prof. Wickramasinghe

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Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe MBE was born in Sri Lanka in 1939 and was educated at Royal College, Colombo and later at the University of Ceylon. In 1960 he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and won a Commonwealth scholarship to proceed to Trinity College Cambridge.

He is an award-winning poet and the author or co-author of over 30 books and over 350 scientific papers. He has held visiting professorial appointments in a large number of Universities world-wide. In recognition of his extensive contributions to science and culture he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Soka University of Tokyo, Japan in 1996. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Unversity of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka in 2004.

In addition to giving many endowed lectures at Universities worldwide, he was the John Snow Memorial Lecturer and John Snow Medallist of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 2004. In 2005 he was named in the first annual Asian Power 100, a list of the most influential Asians living in the UK.

Research interests: Interstellar Matter, Infrared Astronomy, Light Scattering Theory, Applications of Solid State Theory to Astronomy, The early Solar System, Comets, Astrochemistry and the Origins of Life, Astrobiology, Panspermia, History of Science.

Please bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the gardens of Ondaatje Hall. If inclement weather we will be across the road in the Radcliffe. Prof Wickramasinghe's topic for this talk is: 'Life in the Cosmos and Cultural Constraints'.

Door open at 5.30pm, speaker starts at 6.00pm.

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