Charles S. Cockell deeply injured his discipline and reputation in an upcoming June editorial in Astronomy and Geophysics from the Royal Astronomical Society. His objective in the piece was to review the history of Astrobiology, yet he fails to reference the founders of the modern field: Sir Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe.
I am on a fascinating global email thread concerning disease from space. Dr. Ted Steele a prominent Australian immunologist and frequent co-author with Wickramasinghe contributed an alarming observation this morning.
The Tusk helped arrange a podcast between some dear friends this weekend and made an unexpected cameo at the end. Cambridge scholar Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe provided a detailed explanation of the evidence for space as the principle vector for viruses, after a stupefying explanation of where we come from — and how we got here.
On the basis of this data, there appears to be a prima facie case for expecting new viral strains to emerge over the coming months and so it would be prudent for Public Health Authorities the world over to be vigilant and prepared for any necessary action. We need hardly to be reminded that the spectre of the 1918 devastating influenza pandemic stares us in the face from across a century.
Chandra Wickramasinghe, Current Science, November 25, 2019