Oral history of British science
Wickramasinghe, Chandra (11 of 13). Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum. Life Story Interviews
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Science and Religion
2015-07-28, 2015-07-29, 2015-07-30
British Library, London
Wickramasinghe, Chandra, 1939- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 11: Story of development of own/FH's research on life from space through 1980s. Mentions publication of papers in mainstream journals; dissemination of work through new "electronic media". Story of forced merger of UCC and UWIST (University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology) in the late 1980s, involving union of DAMA, UCC and Department of Mathematics, UWIST to form new School of Mathematics [SOM]. [telephone call] Story of conversation with FH influencing own decision to remain in this new SOM (rather than move to a new/merged department of physics). Comments on negative effects on own research/conference attendance of new head of department of SOM. Story of new Vice Chancellor of UCC/UWIST in early 1990s asking self to establish a new Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology [CCAB]. Comments on constitution of this CCAB, including staffing (mentions Bill Napier, Milton Wainwright). Mentions closure of CCAB in 2010. Story of move of CCA from UCC/UWIST to the University of Buckingham [UB] as a virtual centre: Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology [BCAB]. Further comments on closure of CCAB as first UK centre for astrobiology; tendency for CCAB to be omitted in official history of UCC. Comments on own lack of Emeritus status at Cardiff University.
Life story interview with Professor of Astrobiology, Chandra Wickramasinghe