Thursday, October 26, 2006

 

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe has retired (Interview)

From the Asian Tribune (Bangkok, Thailand): Chandra Wickramasinghe (homepage) the scientist has been always a poet at heart. As a young boy growing up in his native Sri Lanka he looked up at the twinkling canopy of the tropical night sky and wrote:

Amongst the myriad stars
I stand alone
and wonder how much life
and love there was tonight

He wrote it at the age of 15.

From his childhood he has mysteriously felt connected with the universe. Being a Buddhist the idea of life having a cosmic connection was in tune with his philosophy.

Some years ago he told me, "the idea of life being a cosmic phenomenon is fully in tune with Buddhist as well as Vedic philosophy. Ancient Buddhist texts described inhabited circling distant suns, collections of suns to form greater world systems, collections of world systems and so on. I have surely been inspired by these philosophies throughout my scientific studies."

A graduate of the University of Ceylon. He later joined the Cambridge University on a Commonwealth scholarship and did his PhD under the late Sir Fred Hoyle, one of the best astronomers of the 20th century. [Continued at the above link - contains email interview]
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Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe co-edited "Fred Hoyle's Universe: Proceedings of 'Fred Hoyle's Universe" Conference, 24-26 June, 2002'" (Amazon UK | US)

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