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Banquet Presentation
26 - 28 April 2002, Trenton NJ

Why Alien Intelligence May Not Be So Alien
by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe

Presented at 7 PM on Saturday, 27 April 2002

The SETI League, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of distinguished astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe as Banquet Speaker for the 2nd Annual SETI League Awards Banquet, to be held in conjunction with its upcoming SETICon02 Technical Symposium. Prof. Wickramasinghe will speak on "Why Alien Intelligence May Not Be So Alien" after the dinner, which begins at 6 PM on Saturday, 27 April, 2002 at the Student Center of The College of New Jersey, Trenton NJ.

Dr. Wickramasinghe has made pioneering contributions to several branches of astronomy, including the theory of cosmic dust. Jointly with the late Sir Fred Hoyle, he proposed the modern theory of cosmic life. A deep revolution in scientific thought that changes the way we view ourselves, this theory is being confirmed by the results of space exploration. The theory implies that alien intelligence may not be as alien as we once thought; ETI-human communication may therefore be reasonably easy.

In 1986 Prof. Wickramasinghe was awarded the International Dag Hammarskjold Gold Medal for Science, and in 1992 he was decorated by the President of Sri Lanka with the titular honour of Vidya Jyothi. Together with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, he was awarded the International Sahabdeen Prize for Science in 1996. His keynote address opened the 2001 optical SETI conference. He holds the highest doctorate (ScD) from the University of Cambridge and an honorary doctorate from the Soka University of Tokyo. Formerly a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, he is now Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy and head of the Centre for Astrobiology at Cardiff University of Wales. He is an award-winning poet and the author or co-author of more than 20 books and 250 scientific papers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Details of the SETICon02 Technical Symposium may be found online at

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe

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