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Arthur C. Clarke Memorial Lecture

The first Arthur C. Clarke Memorial Lecture was delivered by the world’ leading astrobiologist Professor. Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Arthur C Clarke Memorial Lecture by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe at UNITES 2016 organized by IARC Centre for United Nations

Here is a recent interview of Professor. Wickramasinghe; it gives an overview of his magnificent and exciting research career.

About Sir Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars. Arthur C. Clarke, First on the Moon, 1970

Sir Arthur C. Clarke was a SriLanka, Colombo-based British science fiction writer and futurist. He published more than 100 books and several short stories and articles. His most famous science fiction work is the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was later made into an Oscar nominated film by the same title. His other famous works are Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood's End.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke was also the man behind making worldwide satellite communication possible.

In 1945 Clarke wrote a paper titled "Extra-Terrestrial Relays - Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?” published in Wireless World in October that year. The concept proposed in that paper would eventually revolutionize the way the world communicated.

The idea was that of parking satellites in geostationary orbit. Clarke’s insight into satellite communication has won him many awards. The geostationary orbit is often called the "Clarke Orbit" in Clarke's honor.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke coined three adages that became famous as Clarke's three laws.

Clarke's First Law - When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Clarke's Second Law - The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

Clarke's Third Law - Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Sir Arthur C Clarke was an inspiration and mentor for several people throughout his lifetime. He was the mentor of Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya, the founder of Indian Astrobiology Research Centre (IARC).