Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, the Director of the Buckingham University Centre for Astrobiology arrived in Sri Lanka today to conduct further experiments on the red rain that fell in several regions of the country.
He had served as the Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at University College Cardiff and is recognized as a person who has expressed new ideas regarding the origin of life.
Professor Wickramasinghe came into prominence after expressing a view that was completely different to that expressed by Professor Cyril Ponnamperuma who was associated with NASA with regard to the origin of life on earth.
Professor Ponnamperuma stated that life on earth originated from a pri-mordial soup whereas Professor Wickramasinghe stated that life could not have originated on earth and that origin of life must have taken place on a cosmological scale.
Primary experiments conducted on the red rain that fell in the Sevanagala, Manampitiya, Hingurakgoda and Padiyathalawa regions revealed the presence of a micro organism named Trachelomonas which has not yet been found in Sri Lanka.
The tests on the samples of Red Rain further revealed that these micro organisms are multiplying rapidly.