DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY HOSTS FATHER OF ASTROPHYSICS
By: Dale Munatswa
A fair number of Durban University of Technology (DUT) students and staff members came to listen to the efforts of a world renowned scientist in searching for alien micro life in the earths’ atmosphere.
The event, organised by DUT’s Faculty of Applied Sciences in conjunction with the university, saw internationally acclaimed astrophysicist professor Jayant Narlikar sharing his efforts and experiments in discovering the existence of micro-life in the earth’s atmosphere.
Professor Narlikar highlighted that, the essence of the experiments was to add a contribution to scientific discoveries and open up new options and opportunities in developing useful products.
“We hope to prove that there is life in the Earth’s atmosphere and add a finding to science then perhaps come up with uses for those findings,” said Narlikar.
Senior director in the division of Corporate Affairs, Alan Khan, praised professor Narlikar’s educational milestone and his contribution to physics.
“Professor Narlikar was awarded senior wrangler award at the University of Cambridge, an outstanding achievement award in Mathematics,” he said.
Students from various disciplines where pleased to be treated to a professorial address.
“The professor’s presentation was interesting and it was evident that he, and fellow professors, did their research at a professional level,” said Slindile Jiyana, who attended the event.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Ahmed Bawa gave the official introduction to professor Narlikar and he warmly welcomed him, and his wife to the University.
The presentation was filled with great enthusiasm, from the audience. Unlimited attention was given, as Professor Narlikar presented his proceedings in collecting samples from the atmosphere and testing them.