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Academic Staff member

Prof. Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe


Royal College, Colombo, 1950-1957

University of Ceylon, 1957-1960
First Class Honours in BSc Special Mathematics Examination, 1960
Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship, 1960

University of Cambridge, 1960-1963

PhD in Astrophysics, 1963
ScD, 1973

Email - ncwick@gmail.com
Office - +4402920752146/


  • Endowed Lectures (recent)
  • Joule Millennium Lecturer, University of Salford, 2000
  • Alfred Curtis Memorial Lecture, British Astronomical Association, 2002
  • Flamsteed Lecture, University of Derby, 2002
  • Sujatha Jayawardenea Memorial Oration, University of Colombo Alumni Association, 2004-09-27
  • John Snow Memorial Lecture, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2004)
  • Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture, Sri Lanka, 2014
  • 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
  • Technical Papers
  • 1. Comments on the Origin and Spread of the 2019 Coronavirus 2020 Virology: Current Research
  • 2. Space weather and pandemic warnings? 2019 Current Science
  • 3. A note on interstellar polarization by graphite flakes 1962 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 4. A note on the origin of the Sun’s polar field 1962 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 5. On graphite particles as interstellar grains 1962 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 6. A note on the vapour pressure of a crystal 1963 Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 7. On graphite particles as interstellar grains II 1963 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 8. On the deficiency in the ultraviolet fluxes from early type stars 1963 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 9. Graphite Grains and Graphite Core-Ice Mantle Grains 1965
  • 10. Interstellar extinction by graphite grains 1965 Nature
  • 11. On the growth and destruction of ice mantles on interstellar graphite grains 1965 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 12. Comments on the intrinsic polarization of Mira variables 1966 Astrophysical Journal
  • 13. Light scattering by graphite core-ice mantle grains 1966 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 14. On the frequency distribution of ice grains sizes 1966 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 15. On the optics of small graphite spheres, I 1966 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 16. On the optics of small graphite spheres, II 1966 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 17. Wavelength dependence of the position angle of interstellar polarization 1966 Nature
  • 18. A survey of recent interstellar reddening observations 1967 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 19. Evidence for lattice bands in interstellar grains 1967 Nature
  • 20. Impurities in interstellar grains 1967 Nature
  • 21. Microwave background in a steady-state universe 1967 Nature
  • 22. Unified model for interstellar extinction and polarization 1967 Nature
  • 23. Accretion of solid hydrogen mantles by grains in OB associations 1968 Nature
  • 24. Chemical exchange reactions and H2 formation in dark interstellar clouds 1968 Nature
  • 25. Chemical sputtering of ice grains and mantles in HII regions 1968 Observatory
  • 26. Comments on the possibility of interstellar quartz grains 1968 Astrophysical Journal
  • 27. Condensation of dust in galactic explosions 1968 Nature
  • 28. Condensation of the planets 1968 Nature
  • 29. Extinction curves for graphite particles coated with solid hydrogen 1968 Nature
  • 30. Graphite particle model for NML cygnus 1968 Nature
  • 31. Interpretation of the cosmic microwave background 1968 Nature
  • 32. Interpretation of the diffuse galactic light 1968 Nature
  • 33. Interstellar dust 1968 Annual review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • 34. Interstellar extinction by quartz grains 1968 Nature
  • 35. On interstellar abundance anomalies 1968 Observatory
  • 36. On the formation of graphite grains in cool stars 1968 Astrophysical Journal
  • 37. On the formation of graphite particles in the atmospheres of Mira variables 1968 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 38. On the temperature of interstellar grains 1968 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 39. Solid hydrogen and the microwave background 1968 Nature
  • 40. Stimulation of intersellar OH by phonons 1968 Nature
  • 41. A spectral feature of grains at 10 microns? 1969 Observatory
  • 42. Alignment of interstellar grains by cosmic rays 1969 Nature
  • 43. Infrared radiation from dust in Seyfert galaxies 1969 Nature
  • 44. Interstellar dust and diamonds 1969 Nature
  • 45. Interstellar grains 1969 Nature
  • 46. Interstellar polarization by graphite-silicate grain mixtures 1969 Nature
  • 47. Molecular and solid hydrogen in dense interstellar clouds 1969 Astrophysical Journal
  • 48. Solid hydrogen coated graphite particles in the interstellar medium I 1969 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 49. Star formation in clouds of solid hydrogen grains 1969 Observatory
  • 50. Strengths of the fundamental bands of ice and solid hydrogen in composite grains 1969 Observatory
  • 51. Wavelength dependence of polarization XVIII. Interstellar Polarization and Composite Interstellar Particles 1969 Astrophysical Journal
  • 52. Dust in supernova explosions 1970 Nature
  • 53. Extinction curves for graphite-silicate grain mixtures 1970 International Astronomical Union
  • 54. Galactic component of the diffuse X-ray background 1970 Nature
  • 55. Galactic soft X-rays and the alignment of interstellar grains 1970 Nature
  • 56. Graphite-silicate grain mixtures and the diffuse galactic light 1970 Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
  • 57. Infrared spectrum of the galactic centre 1970 Nature
  • 58. Polarization-wavelength profile of the interstellar 4430 A absorption band 1970 Nature
  • 59. Radio waves from grains in HII regions 1970 Nature
  • 60. Retention of dust grains near galactic nuclei 1970 Nature
  • 61. Small dust grains and the heating of HI clouds 1970 Nature
  • 62. The shape of the interstellar 4430A absorption band 1970 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 63. A model for cosmic infrared sources 1971 Nature
  • 64. Dust in the Orion nebula 1971 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 65. Enstatite grains and the 2200A interstellar extinction feature 1971 Nature
  • 66. Interstellar dust-graphite, iron and silicates 1971 Nature
  • 67. Interstellar dust-reply to Duley’s criticisms 1971 Nature
  • 68. Irradiated quartz particles as interstellar grains 1971 Nature
  • 69. Optical properties of graphite-iron-silicate grain mixtures 1971 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 70. Polarization within the 4430A absorption band 1971 Nature
  • 71. Dust models for infrared galaxies 1972 Les spectres des astres dans l'infrarouge et les microondes
  • 72. On the injection of grains into interstellar clouds 1972 +Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 73. Radiation-driven efflux and circulation of dust in spiral galaxies 1972 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 74. Ejection of Grains from Cool Stars 1973 International Astronomical Union
  • 75. Extinction and scattering by small planetisimal particles 1973 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 76. The expulsion of dust from galaxies 1973 Astrophysical Letters
  • 77. Electric charge and acceleration of suprathermal grains 1974 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 78. Formaldehyde polymers in interstellar space 1974 Nature
  • 79. Mean free path limitation of conduction electrons and extinction efficiencies of graphite grains 1974 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 80. On the formation of metal-poor stars 1974 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 81. The 2200A extinction feature and the shape distribution of graphite grains 1974 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 82. A dust model for the cosmic microwave background 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 83. A proto-planetary contribution to interstellar dust 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 84. Charged dust grains and excitation of rotational levels of interstellar molecular hydrogen 1975 Nature
  • 85. Composition of cometary dust: the case against silicates 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 86. Formaldehyde polymers in comets 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 87. How to make metal-poor stars, redden associations and grow mantles on grains 1975 Astrophysics and space Science
  • 88. Hydrocarbon molecules in carbon stars 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 89. Polyoxymethylene polymers as interstellar grains 1975 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 90. The mystery of the cosmic boron abundance 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 91. The plausibility of silicate-core ice mantle grains 1975 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 92. Whiskers and cosmic millimetre-wave sources 1975 Nature
  • 93. Effects of physical adsorption on porous interstellar grains 1976 Nature
  • 94. Effects of suprathermal grains 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 95. Extinction and Polarization Models 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 96. Extinction properties of porous spheres 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 97. Limits on a Microwave Background without the Big Bang 1976
  • 98. On the acceleration of interstellar grains 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 99. On the development of infrared radiation from an expanding nova shell 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 100. Primitive grain clumps and organic compounds in carbonaceous chondrites 1976 Nature
  • 101. The optics of spherically stratified graphite grains 1976 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 102. The role of Lyman alpha photons in the interstellar medium 1976 Nature
  • 103. Identification of the 2200A interstellar absorption feature 1977 Nature
  • 104. On the computation of optical properties of heterogeneous grains 1977 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 105. On the production of positive molecular ions in cometary comas 1977 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 106. Organic molecules in interstellar dust: a possible spectral signature at 2200A? 1977 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 107. Origin and nature of carbonaceous material in the galaxy 1977 Nature
  • 108. Polyoxymethylene co-polymers on grains 1977 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 109. Polysaccharides and the infrared spectra of galactic sources 1977 Nature
  • 110. Polysaccharides and the infrared spectrum of OH26.5+06 1977 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 111. Pre-biotic molecules in Martian dust clouds 1977 Nature
  • 112. Prebiotic polymers and infrared spectra of galactic sources 1977 Nature
  • 113. Spectroscopic evidence for interstellar grain clumps in meteoritic inclusions 1977 Nature
  • 114. The composition of dust in the Ring Nebula NGC6888 1977 Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • 115. Calculations of infrared fluxes from galactic sources for a polysaccharide grain model 1978 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 116. Identification of interstellar polysaccharides and related hydrocarbons 1978 Nature
  • 117. Infrared observations of Comet west (1975n). II A Model cometary dust 1978 Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
  • 118. Biochemical chromophores and the interstellar extinction at ultraviolet wavelengths 1979 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 119. On the nature of interstellar grains 1979 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 120. On the nature of the interstellar grains 1979 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 121. Comets-a Vehicle for Panspermia 1980 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 122. Organic grains in space 1980 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 123. Organic material and the 2.5-4µm spectra of Galactic sources 1980 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 124. The identification of the 3micron spectral feature in galactic infrared sources 1980 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 125. A model for interstellar extinction 1982 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 126. Infrared spectroscopy of micro-organisms near 3. 4 µm in Relation to Geology and Astronomy 1982 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 127. Interstellar absorptions at ?= 3.3 µm and 3. 3 µm 1982 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 128. Organo-siliceous biomolecules and the infrared spectrum of the Trapezium nebula 1982 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 129. The infrared spectrum of interstellar dust 1982 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 130. Bacterial life in space 1983 Nature
  • 131. Interstellar proteins and the discovery of a new absorption feature at ?=2800A 1983 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 132. On the optical properties of bacterial grains, I 1983 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 133. Organic grains in the Taurus interstellar clouds 1983 Nature
  • 134. The extinction of starlight at wavelengths near 2200A 1983 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 135. The ultraviolet absorbance spectrum of coliform bacteria and its relationship to astronomy 1983 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 136. The availability of phosphorous in the bacterial model of the interstellar grains 1984 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 137. The properties of large particles in the zodiacal cloud and in the interstellar medium and their relation to recent IRAS observations 1984 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 138. The radiation of microwaves and infrared by slender graphite needles 1984 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 139. The spectroscopic identification of interstellar grains 1984 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 140. An object within a particle of extraterrestrial origin compared with an object of presumed terrestrial origin 1985 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 141. Halley’s comet: its size and decay rate 1985 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 142. On the nature of dust grains in the comae of Comets Cernis and Bowell 1985 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 143. The case for interstellar micro-organisms 1985 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 144. The measurement of the absorption properties of dry micro-organisms and its relationship to astronomy 1985 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 145. The ultraviolet absorbance of presumably interstellar bacteria and related matters 1985 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 146. Diatoms on Earth, Comets, Europa and in interstellar space 1986 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 147. On the nature of the particles causing the 2200A peak in the extinction of starlight 1986 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 148. The case for life as a cosmic phenomenon 1986 Nature
  • 149. The viability with respect to temperature of micro-organisms incident on the Earth’s atmosphere 1986 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 150. Evaporating grains in P/Halley’s coma 1987 Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • 151. A diatom model of dust in the Trapezium nebula 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 152. Interstellar extinction by organic grain clumps 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 153. Metallic particles in astronomy 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 154. Mineral Grains in the 10 and 20 um spectral features in the Trapezium nebula 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 155. Modelling the 5 - 30 µm spectrum of Comet Halley 1988 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 156. Polymeric complexes in comets and in space 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 157. The infrared excess from the White Dwarf star?: a Brown Dwarf or dust? 1988 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 158. The organic nature of cometary grains 1988 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 159. Aromatic Hydrocarbons in very small interstellar grains 1989 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 160. Biologic versus abiotic models of cometary grains 1989 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 161. Extraterrestrial particles and the greenhouse effect 1989 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 162. Linear and circular polarization by hollow organic grains 1989 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 163. Mineral and Organic Particles in Astronomy 1989 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 164. An integrated 2. 5 µm Emission Spectrum of Naturally Occurring Aromatic Molecules 1990 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 165. Influenza--evidence against contagion: discussion paper 1990 Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 166. Sunspots and influenza 1990 Nature
  • 167. The extragalactic Universe: and alternative view 1990 Nature
  • 168. The microwave background: its smoothness and frequency distribution as an astrophysical product 1990 International Astrophysical Colloquium
  • 169. Back-scattering of sunlight by ice grains in the Mesosphere 1991 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 170. Comets as a Source of Interplanetary and Interstellar Grains 1991 Origin and Evolution of Interplanetary Dust
  • 171. Extinction properties of infinitely long graphite cylinders 1991 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 172. Scattering by low-refractive index dielectric spheres and cylinders compared with rigorous calculations for hollow particles 1991 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 173. Structural evolution of cometary surfaces 1991 Space Science Reviews
  • 174. Comet Halley’s remote outburst 1992 The Observatory
  • 175. Cometary habitats for primitive life 1992 Advances in space Research
  • 176. Iron whiskers and ripples in the microwave background 1992 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 177. The Cosmic Microwave Background 1992 Nature
  • 178. Triton’s eruptions analogous to Comet Halley’s 1992 Advances in space Research
  • 179. Evidence for iron whiskers in SN1987A 1993 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 180. Evidence for iron whiskers near the galactic centre 1993 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 181. Extraterrestrial microspherules and iron needles in the interstellar medium 1993 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 182. Guttler scattering analogues for dust aggregates 1993 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 183. Microdiamonds and the 3. 4 micron Feature in protostellar sources 1993 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 184. Absorption properties of astronomical iron whiskers: an accurate crogenic model 1994 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 185. Iron at the Galactic Centre 1994 Nature
  • 186. Submicron dust and the collision of comet SL-9 with Jupiter 1994 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 187. The cometary hypothesis of K/T mass-extinctions 1994 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 188. Dust in high redshift objects 1995 The Observatory
  • 189. Extinction of Dinosaurs: a possible novel cause 1995 Advances in space Research
  • 190. Infrared spectra diamond-like residues from Allende Meteor 1995 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 191. Iron whiskers in A supernova SN 1987A 1995 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 192. Millimetre and submillimetre Radiation from highredshift objects 1995 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 193. Role of major terrestrial cratering events in dispersing life in the solar system 1995 Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • 194. Biofluorescence and the extended red emission in astrophysical sources 1996 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 195. Contribution to interstellar extinction from an astrophysical microsoot? 1996 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 196. Far-infrared contribution to interstellar extinction from graphite whiskers 1996 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 197. Fragmented comet: cause of the K/record 1996 Earth, Moon and Planets
  • 198. Giant comets, evolution and civilization 1996 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 199. Very small dust particles (VSDP’s) in Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) 1996 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 200. Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter: A model of G-site dust composition 1997 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 201. Small comets in the high atmosphere 1997 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 202. Cosmological panspermia 1998 SPIE Conference on Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiolog
  • 203. Infrared evidence for panspermia: an update 1998 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 204. Microdiamonds and the ultraviolet extinction of starlight 1998 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 205. Panspermia in Perspective 1998 SPIE Conference on Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiolog
  • 206. Search living cells in Stratospheric samples 1998 SPIE Conference on Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiolog
  • 207. The astonishing redness of Kuiper-Belt objects 1998 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 208. Miller-Urey synthesis in the nuclei of galaxies 1999 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 209. A bacterial ‘fingerprint’ in a leonid meteor train 2001 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 210. Cometary impacts and ice-ages 2001 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 211. Cross-linked heteroaromatic polymers in interstellar dust 2001 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 212. Evidence of photoluminescence of biomaterial in space 2002 Proceedings Volume 4495, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology IV;
  • 213. Progress towards the vindication of panspermia 2002 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 214. The Beginning of Astrobiology 2002 International journal of astrobiology
  • 215. The detection of living cells in stratospheric samples 2002 Proceedings Volume 4495, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology IV
  • 216. A Balloon Experiment to detect Microorganisms in the Outer Space 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 217. Astronomy or biology? 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 218. Detection of Microorganisms at High Altitudes 2003 Current Science
  • 219. Did silicon aid in the establishment of the first bacterium? 2003 International journal of astrobiology
  • 220. Elevating the status of dust. 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 221. Frictional and radiation heating of micron-sized meteoroids in the Earth ’ s upper atmosphere 2003 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 222. Microorganisms cultured from stratospheric air samples obtained at 41 km. 2003 FEMS Microbiology Letters, Volume 218
  • 223. Panspermia According to Hoyle 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 224. Radiation pressure on bacterial grain clumps in the solar vicinity 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 225. SARS — a clue to its origins?? 2003 Lancet
  • 226. The Expanding Horizons of Cosmic Life 2003 Proceedings Volume 4859, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V
  • 227. Vicinity And Their Survival Between Interstellar Transits 2003 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 228. Confirmation of the presence of viable but non-cultureable bacteria in the stratosphere. 2004 International journal of astrobiology
  • 229. Extreme albedo comets and the impact hazard 2004 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 230. Functions and possible provenance of primordial protein 2004 Journal of Proteome Research
  • 231. Interstellar transfer of planetary microbiota 2004 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 232. Keeping nanobacterial infections at bay during space travel 2004 Antimicrobial agents
  • 233. Panspermia 2003: new horizons 2004 Proceedings Volume 5163, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII;
  • 234. The Interpretation of a 2175A Absorption Feature in the Gravitational Lens Galaxy SBS0909 + 532 at z = 0.83 2004 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 235. The Universe: a cryogenic habitat for microbial life 2004 Cryobiology
  • 236. A cosmic prevalence of nanobacteria? 2006 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 237. How do microorganisms reach the stratosphere? 2006 International journal of astrobiology
  • 238. The Spread of Life Throughout the Cosmos 2006 The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization
  • 239. Equilibrium temperatures of porous spheres and their relevance to astrobiology 2007 International journal of astrobiology
  • 240. The origin of life in comets 2007 International journal of astrobiology
  • 241. Apparent magnitudes of high-redshift Type 1a supernovae and intergalactic graphite whiskers 2008 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 242. On the transference of microbiota from Venus to Earth 2008 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 243. Life on Earth: Did it Come From Other Planets? 2009 Journal of Cosmology vol 1.
  • 244. Liquid Water and Organics in Comets: Implications for Exobiology 2009 International journal of astrobiology
  • 245. Mars polar cap: a habitat for elementary life 2009 International journal of astrobiology
  • 246. Slow ion irradiation of sugar: Astrobiological implications 2009 International journal of astrobiology
  • 247. Bacterial morphologies in carbonaceous meteorites and comet dust 2010 Proceedings Volume 7819, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII;
  • 248. Comets and Contagion: Evolution and Diseases From Space 2010 Journal of Cosmology vol 7
  • 249. Evidence for biodegradation products in the interstellar medium 2010 International journal of astrobiology
  • 250. Evolution of primordial planets in relation to the cosmological origin of life 2010 Proceedings Volume 7819, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII
  • 251. First Life in the Oceans of Primordial-Planets:The Biological Big Bang 2010 Journal of Cosmology vol 11
  • 252. Growth and replication of red rain cells at 121 o C and their red fluorescence 2010 7819 Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII
  • 253. Mechanisms for Panspermia 2010 Journal of Cosmology vol 7
  • 254. Microstructure and elemental composition of the Tagish Lake meteorite and its astrobiological implications 2010 International journal of astrobiology
  • 255. Primordial planets, comets, and moons foster life in the cosmos 2010 7819 Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII
  • 256. Spectroscopic Evidence of Cosmic Life 2010 Journal of Cosmology, Vol 11, 3476-3488
  • 257. Study of putative microfossils in space dust from the stratosphere 2010 International Journal of Astrobiology
  • 258. The Astrobiological case for our cosmic ancestry 2010 International journal of astrobiology
  • 259. The Imperatives of Cosmic Biology 2010 Journal of Cosmology vol 5
  • 260. A Model of the 2-4?m Spectrum of Comet Halley 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 261. An Integrated 2.5-12.5 micrometer Emission Spectrum of Naturally-Occurring Aromatic Molecules 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 262. Bacterial morphologies supporting cometary Panspermia: a reappraisal 2011 International journal of astrobiology
  • 263. Comets, Ice Ages, and Ecological Catastrophes 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 264. Cometss - a Vehicle for Panspermia 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 265. Convergence to God? 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 266. Creationism, Neo-Darwinism And Panspermia 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 267. Extraterrestrial Life and Censorship 2011 Journal of Cosmology Vol 15
  • 268. Formaldehyde polymers in interstellar space 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 269. From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 270. Genetics Indicates Extra-terrestrial Origins for Life: The First Gene Did Life Begin Following the Big Bang? 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 271. Identification of the ?2,200A interstellar absorption feature 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 272. Interstellar Grains: 50 Years On 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 273. Microstructural investigation of the Carancas meteorite 2011 International journal of astrobiology
  • 274. Primordial Planets Explain Interstellar Dust, the Formation of Life, and Falsify Dark Energy 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 275. RADIATION PRESSURE ON BACTERIAL CLUMPS IN THE SOLAR VICINITY AND THEIR SURVIVAL BETWEEN INTERSTELLAR TRANSITS 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 276. The Biological Big Bang: The First Oceans of Primordial Planets at 2-8 Myr Explains Hoyle-Wickramasinghe Cometary Panspermia and a Primordial LUCA 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 277. The origin of life from primordial planets 2011 International journal of astrobiology
  • 278. Viva Panspermia 2011 Journal of Cosmology vol 16
  • 279. A Note on Venus Transit and Microbial Injection to Earth 2012 Journal of Cosmology vol 17
  • 280. Comets as parent bodies of CI1 carbonaceous meteorites and possible habitats of ice-microbes 2012 Proceedings Volume 8521, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XV
  • 281. Discovery of Biological Structures in the Tissint Mars Meteorite 2012 Journal of Cosmology vol 17
  • 282. Formation of stars from dark matter clumps of primordial planets 2012 Journal of Cosmology vol 17
  • 283. Life-bearing primordial planets in the solar vicinity 2012 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 284. Possible biological structures in the Tissint Mars Meteorite. 2012 Proceedings Volume 8521, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XV;
  • 285. WHY DON’T CLUMPS OF CIRRUS DUST GRAVITATIONALLY COLLAPSE? 2012 Journal of Cosmology vol 17
  • 286. A Journey with Fred Hoyle (Second Edition) 2013 The Journal of Astronomical Data, Vol. 19, 3
  • 287. AUTHENTICITY OF THE LIFE-BEARING POLONNARUWA METEORITE 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 21
  • 288. Biological entities isolated from the stratosphere (22-27km): case for their space origin. 2013 Proceedings Volume 8865, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVI; 88650L
  • 289. comparative study of Trentepohlia and Red Rain cells 2013 International Journal of Recent Scientific Research
  • 290. Discovery of Uranium in Outer Coat of Sri Lankan Red Rain Cells 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 291. DNA sequencing and predictions of the cosmic theory of life 2013 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 292. Fossil Diatoms in a New Carbonaceous Meteorite 2013 Journal of Cosmology, Vol,21, No,37
  • 293. INCIDENCE OF LOW DENSITY METEOROIDS OF THE POLONNARUWA-TYPE 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 294. ISOLATION OF A DIATOM FRUSTULE FRAGMENT FROM THE LOWER STRATOSPHERE (22-27Km)-EVIDENCE FOR A COSMIC ORIGIN 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 295. ISOLATION OF BIOLOGICAL ENTITIES FROM THE STRATOSPHERE (22-27Km) 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 296. LIVING DIATOMS IN THE POLONNARUWA METEORITE – POSSIBLE LINK TO RED AND YELLOW RAIN 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 21
  • 297. Microorganisms in the Coloured Rain of Sri Lanka 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 21
  • 298. Non-terrestrial origin of life: a transformative research paradigm shift 2013 Theory of Biosciences Vol 132
  • 299. ON THE COMETARY ORIGIN OF THE POLONNARUWA METEORITE 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 21
  • 300. Panspermia: evidence from astronomy: from astronomy to meteorites 2013 Modern Physics Letters AVol. 28, No. 14, 1330009
  • 301. RED RAIN CELLS RECOVERED FROM INTERIOR OF THE POLONNARUWA METEORITE 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 302. The Polonnaruwa Meteorite?; Oxygen Isotope, Crystalline and Biological Composition. 2013 Journal of Cosmology Vol 22.
  • 303. TYPICAL METEORITIC WORM-LIKE FORMS SEEN IN THE POLONNARUWA METEORITE 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 22
  • 304. Why don't clumps of cirrus dust gravitationally collapse? 2013 Journal of Cosmology vol 21
  • 305. A Presumptive Fossilized Bacterial Biofilm Occurring in a Commercially Sourced Mars Meteorite. 2014 Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
  • 306. Convergence to panspermia. 2014 Hypothesis
  • 307. Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon?: 2 . The Panspermia Trajectory of Homo sapiens 2014 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 308. Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon?: The Socio-Economic Control of a Scientific Paradigm. 2014 ; Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 309. On the dynamics of volatile meteorites 2014 Monthly Notices of the RAS
  • 310. Recovery of Cometary Microorganisms from the Stratosphere. 2014 Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
  • 311. ROSETTA ’ s Prospects for Discovering Evidence of Cometary Biology 2014 Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
  • 312. The Forgotten Remit of Astrobiology. 2014 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 313. Analogy, Metaphysics, Mythical Symbols, and Religion 2015 The Big Bang and God An Astro-Theology
  • 314. Astrobiology in the Developing World 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 315. Astrobiology on the Dwarf Planet Ceres 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 316. Biological Entities Isolated from Two Stratosphere Launches-Continued Evidence for a Space Origin 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 317. Bold New Frontiers of Astrobiology 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 318. Comment on Liquid Water and Life on Mars. 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 319. Convergence to Cometary Panspermia?: Time for Disclosure?? 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 320. Evidence to Clinch the Theory of Extraterrestrial Life 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 321. EVIDENCE OF ALIEN LIFE DOWNGRADED OR DENIED 2015 Journal of Cosmology vol 25
  • 322. Interdisciplinary Convergences: From Stardust to Generalized Deity 2015 The Big Bang and God An Astro-Theology
  • 323. Masses Staining Positive for DNA-Isolated from the Stratosphere at a Height of 41 km 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 324. Microbiological investigation of two chondrite meteorites: Murchison and Polonnaruwa 2015 SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 96060M
  • 325. Microbiology and Cometary Panspermia in Context. 2015 The Big Bang and God An Astro-Theology
  • 326. Microbiomes?: A Possible Space Component?? 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 327. Ocean in Enceladus enhances the case for Panspermia 2015 Proceedings Volume 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII
  • 328. Pluto’s Surprises: Mountain Tectonics, Methane and Evidence of Biology 2015 Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
  • 329. Rosetta images of comet 67P/churyumov-gerasimenko: Inferences from its terrain and structure. &2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 330. Rosetta studies of comet 67P/churyumov-gerasimenko: Prospects for establishing cometary biology 2015 ; Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 331. The Transition from Earth-centred Biology to Cosmic Life 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 332. The universe: A cryogenic habitat for microbial life. 2015 Vindication of Cosmic Biology
  • 333. Trends in Astrobiology – Comets , Pluto and beyond 2015 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 334. Comments on the Discovery of a Ninth Planet 2016 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 335. Dangers of Adhering to an Obsolete Paradigm: Could Zika Virus Lead to a Reversal of Human Evolution? 2016 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 336. Evidence for Extant Life on Mars and Gilbert Levin 2016 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 337. Sunspot Activity , Influenza and Ebola Outbreak Connection 2016 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 338. Moon Formation: Water and Life on the Moon 2017 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 339. SARS, MERS and the sunspot cycle 2017 Current Science
  • 340. Sunspot Cycle Minima and Pandemics: The Case for Vigilance? 2017 Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • 341. Was the Zika virus Outbreak in 2015 Triggered by Cosmic Events?? 2017 Virology
  • 342. Are We Approaching a New Influenza Pandemic?? 2018 Virology
  • 343. Cause of Cambrian Explosion - Terrestrial or Cosmic? 2018 Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology Vol 137
  • 344. Comets, Enceladus and panspermia 2018 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 345. Confirmation of Microbial Ingress from Space 2018 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 346. On the difficulty of the transport of electrically charged submicron dust, including bacteria, from the Earth’s surface to the high ionosphere 2018 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 347. Oumuamua (A/2017U1) – A Confirmation of Links between Galactic Planetary Systems 2018 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 348. Reply to Editorial and Commentaries on Steele, Al-Mufti, Augustyn, Chandrajith, Coghlan, Coulson “Cause of Cambrian Explosion-Terrestrial or Cosmic? 2018 Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology Vol 136
  • 349. Size and Albedo of the Object of Interstellar Origin A/2017U1 2018 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 350. Weakened geomagnetic field, Cosmic rays & the Resurgence of Yellow Fever 2018 International Journal of Cell Science & Molecular Biology
  • 351. Weakened magnetic field, cosmic rays and Zika virus outbreak 2018 Current Science
  • 352. A Robotic Camera for Monitoring Meteors Entering the Earth’s Atmosphere near the Equator 2019 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 353. Cosmic biology in perspective 2019 Astrophysics and Space Science
  • 354. Lamarck and Panspermia - On the Efficient Spread of Living Systems Throughout the Cosmos 2019 Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • 355. Ouamuamua (A/2017U1), Panspermia, and Intelligent Life in the Universe 2019 Advances in Astrophysics
  • 356. Red Rain Cells of Kerala as a Possible Carrier of the Diffuse Interstellar Bands and the UV Extinction Bump 2019 Advances in Astrophysics
  • Books
  • Interstellar Grains: Chapman & Hall, London, 1967
  • Light Scattering Functions for Small Particles with Applications in Astronomy: J. Wiley, 1973
  • Solid-State Astrophysics: (ed with D.J. Morgan) D. Reidel Co., 1975
  • Interstellar Matter: (with F.D. Khan & P.G. Mezger) Swiss Astron.Soc., 1974
  • Cosmic Laboratory: University College, Cardiff Press, 1975
  • Lifecloud: The Origin of Life in the Galaxy: (with Fred Hoyle) J.M. Dent, Lond., 1978
  • Diseases from Space: (with Fred Hoyle) J.M. Dent, Lond., 1979
  • Origin of Life: (with Fred Hoyle) University College Cardiff Press, 1979
  • Space Travellers: The Bringers of Life: (with Fred Hoyle) University College Cardiff Press, 1981
  • Evolution from Space: (with Fred Hoyle), J.M. Dent, 1981
  • Is Life an Astronomical Phenomenon?: Universtiy College, Cardiff Press, 1982
  • Why Neo Darwinism does not Work: (with Fred Hoyle) University College Cardiff Press, 1982
  • Proofs that Life is Cosmic: (with Fred Hoyle) Inst. of Fund.Studies, Sri Lanka, Mem, No. 1, 1982
  • From Grains to Bacteria: (with Fred Hoyle) University College, Cardiff Press, 1984)
  • Fundamental Studies and the Future of Science: (editor) University College Cardiff Press, 1984
  • Living Comets: (with Fred Hoyle) University College, Cardiff Press, 1985
  • Viruses from Space: (with F. Hoyle and J. Watkins), University College Cardiff Press, 1986
  • Archaeopteryx - The Primordial Bird: A Case of Fossil Forgery: (with Fred Hoyle) Christopher Davies, Swansea, 1986
  • Cosmic Life Force: (with Fred Hoyle), J.M. Dent, Lond., 1988
  • The Theory of Cosmic Grains: (with F. Hoyle), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990
  • Our Place in the Cosmos: (with Fred Hoyle) Weidenfeld and Nicholson, Lond., 1993
  • The Wonders of Life and the Universe (with Daisaku Ikeda) Mainichi Press, 1992, 1993
  • Glimpses of Life, Time and Space (a book of poems) Writers' Workshop, Redbird, 1994
  • Life of Mars: The Case for a Cosmic Heritage: (with Fred Hoyle) Clinical Press, 1997
  • Space and Eternal Life (a dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda) Journeyman Press, 1997
  • Astronomical Origins of Life: Steps towards panspermia (with F. Hoyle) Kluwer Academic Press, 2000
  • Cosmic Dragons: Life and Death on Our Planet. Souvenir Press, 2001
  • Fred Hoyle’s Universe (eds with G. Burbidge and J.V. Narlikar) Kluwer Academic Publ. 2003
  • A Journey with Fred Hoyle: The search for cosmic life, World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2004
  • Comets and the Origin of Life (with J.T. Wickramasinghe and W.M. Napier), World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2009
  • The Search for Our Cosmic Ancestry, World Scientific, 2015
  • Where did We Come From? , World Scientific, 2015
  • Vindication of Cosmic Biology: Tribute to Sir Fred Hoyle, World Sscientific, 2015
  • The Big Bang and God: an Astrotheology (with Theodore Walker, Jr) Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • The Search for Our Cosmic Ancestry, World Scientific, 2015
  • A Destiny of Cosmic Life – Chapters in the life of an astrobiologist
  • Where did we come from?, World Scientific, 2015
  • Proofs that Life is Cosmic, World Scientific, 2017
  • Cosmic Womb (with Robert Bauval), Inner Traditions Inc., 2018
  • Technical books
  • B1. Interstellar Grains: Chapman & Hall, London, 1967
  • B2. Light Scattering Functions for Small Particles with Applications in Astronomy: Adam Hilger Co. and J. Wiley, 1973
  • B3. Solid-State Astrophysics: (ed with D.J. Morgan) D. Reidel Co., 1975
  • B4. From Grains to Bacteria: (with Fred Hoyle) University College, Cardiff Press, 1984)
  • B5. Fundamental Studies and the Future of Science: (editor) University College Cardiff Press, 1984
  • B6. The Theory of Cosmic Grains: (with F. Hoyle), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990
  • B7. “Comets and the Origin of Life”, Wickramasinghe, J.T., Wickramasinghe, N.C.. and Napier, W.M. (World Scientific Press, 2009)
  • Powell Prize for English Poetry, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1962
  • International Dag Hammarskjold Gold Medal for Science, 1986
  • Scholarly Achievement Award of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Japan, 1988
  • Awarded title of Vidya Jyothi (Sri-Lanka National Honour), 1992
  • Sahabdeen International Award for Science, 1996
  • Honorary Doctorate of Soka University, Tokyo, 1996
  • John Snow Medal, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, 2004
  • Honorary DSc (Sri Lanka: Ruhuna University) 2004
  • Asian Power 100 list (2005) named Chandra Wickramasinghe as one of the 100 most influential Asians living in the UK
  • Ada Derana Global Scientist of the Year, 2017
  • Present Positions:
  • Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK;  (2011- )
  • Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham, UK
  • Honorary Professor, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Professor, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Honorary Professor, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka
  • Editor in Chief, Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
  • Board Member, Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Scientific Exploration
  • Editor of Astrobiology for internet journal JournalofCosmology.com
  • Previous Positions:
  • Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1965
  • Professor of Mathematics, Vidyodaya University of Ceylon, 1966
  • Visiting Professor at Universities of Arizona and Maryland USA, 1966-1970
  • Visiting Professor at Yukawa Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, 1969
  • Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge; Tutor, Jesus College, Cambridge a nd College Supervisor in Mathematics; Member of the Graduate Staff of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, University of Cambridge, 1966-1973
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 1974 and 1976
  • Director, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka, 1982-1984
  • UNDP Consultant/Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, 1982-1984
  • Visiting Professor at Institute of Space and Astronautical Studies, Japan, 1993
  • Visiting Professsor, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, 1994
  • Professor and Head of the Dept.of Applied Maths and Astronomy, Univ. Coll., Cardiff, 1973-89
  • Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Cardiff, Wales, 1990-2006
  • Professor and Director of the Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology (2006-2011)
  • Visiting Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge (2015-2016)