Prof. Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe


Full Name		: Prof. Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe
Address 			: 24 Llwynypia Road
				  Cardiff CF14 0SY
Phones			: Tel. (44) 029 2075 2146
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Present Positions

Visiting By Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge (2015-16)
Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK; (2011- )
Visiting Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge
Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham, UK
Visiting Professor, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Editor in Chief, Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach
Board Member, Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics
Editorial Board Member ofJournal of Scientific Exploration
Editor of Astrobiology for internet journal

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)


Date of Birth: January 20, 1939
Place of Birth: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality: British and Sri Lankan


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 VidyaJyothi (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

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.