Oral history of British science
Wickramasinghe, Chandra (4 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 4: Discussion of decision to use Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study in astronomy at Trinity College [TC], UOC, including comments on extent to which decision to study astronomy was made as a child. [1:45] Comments on extent of practical astronomy/star gazing undertaken during degree; greater interest in understanding astronomy "intellectually-theoretically". Mentions not joining astronomy society at ECEY or group associated with Arthur C Clarke [ACC], then living in Ceylon; development of close friendship with ACC following meeting on aeroplane in 1962. [4:06] Story of move from Ceylon to the UK, to begin postgraduate research at UOC, 1960, including experience of an initiation week in London led by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. [8:42] Story of arrival at UOC, including induction by tutor for advanced studies in TC, Dr Robson, meeting (at accommodation in Burrell's Field) of fellow research student of Fred Hoyle [FH], Jayant V Narlikar [JN]. Comments on acceptance by FH as research student in advance of journey to the UK; experience of being supervised (for first few months while FH in US) by Raymond Lyttleton. [13:31] Story of meeting FH, with very positive comments; work leading to publication of first paper with FH (on reversal of solar magnetic field).
Life story interview with Professor of Astrobiology, Chandra Wickramasinghe