[Former director of the program in Chemical Evolution in the Exobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center.]
■ Galle, Sri Lanka
■ Died - 20 December 1994
■ Nationality - Sri Lankan
■ Fields - Chemical evolution
■ Influences - Georgi Gladyshev
......... Prof : Cyril Ponnamperuma analyzing a moon sample
" Our primary objective becomes the understanding of the origin of life in the universe. This is the scientifically broader question before us. If we can understand how life began on the Earth, we can argue that the sequence of events which lead to the appearance of terrestrial life may be repeated in the staggering number of planetary systems in our universe. "