Isaac Scientific Publishing

Advances in Astrophysics

Microorganisms in the Clouds of Venus

Download PDF (196.6 KB) PP. 109 - 112 Pub. Date: November 2, 2020

DOI: 10.22606/adap.2020.54004


  • Fred Hoyle
    Deceased, 2001
  • Chandra Wickramasinghe*
    University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK; Centre for Astrobiology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka; National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka


The beginnings of a theory of Venusian aerobiology were developed by us as early as 1982 and published in a monograph from which an extract is reproduced here. The reprinted form of this material with new annotations would be of use to modern investigators who are revisiting these ideas.


Venus, Venusian clouds, bacterial cycle


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[2] 2. Knollenberg, R.G. and Hunten, D.M., 1979. Clouds of Venus: Particle Size Distribution Measurements, Science, 203, 792-795

[3] 3. Wickramasinghe, N.C., 1973. Light Scattering by Small Particles with Applications in Astronomy (Adam Hilger, London)

[4] 4. Wickramasinghe, N.C. and Wickramasinghe, J.T., 2008. On the possibility of microbiota transfer from Venus to Earth, Astrophys Space Sci, 317: 133–137