Godfrey Louis

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Godfrey Louis is a controversial solid-state physicist from India, known for his hypotheses about the "red rain" phenomenon in Kerala while at Mahatma Gandhi University . In April 2008, he published a paper [1] in the journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesised that samples of particles from the "blood-coloured" rain that fell in his state of Kerala, India in the summer of 2001 were the result of a comet disintegrating in the upper atmosphere which comprised mainly microbes from outer space. Despite much media interest and the abundant coverage that Dr. Louis' theory received, many leading scientists like Dr. Milton Wainwright disagreed early on with Dr. Louis' hypothesis regarding the red rain's origin.[2] An earlier (2001) study by the Centre for Earth Science Studies, Kerala, India, reported that the red rain was the result of spores from local algae.[3]

Since October 2006 Dr. Louis has been at Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Kochi, Kerala.

In August 2010 Dr. Louis and his collaborators presented a paper [4] in SPIE astrobiology conference held in San Diego, USA. In this paper, which is co-authored by Rajkumar Gangappa ( Univ. of Glamorgan, U K), Chandra Wickramasinghe (Cardiff Univ. U K), Milton Wainwright (The Univ. of Sheffield U K), A. Santhosh Kumar ( CUSAT, India) and Godfrey Louis, it is claimed that the red rain cells develop internal daughter cells and multiply when exposed to extreme temperature of 121 °C in an autoclave for two hours. It is further reported in the paper that the fluorescent behavior of the red cells have remarkable correspondence with the extended red emission observed in the Red Rectangle nebula.

In August 2012, the Epoch Times newspaper carried comments from Louis concerning another outbreak of red rain in Kannur on 28 June 2012 [5]

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  1. ^ Louis, Godfrey; Kumar, A. Santhosh (2006). "The Red Rain Phenomenon of Kerala and its Possible Extraterrestrial Origin". Astrophysics and Space Science 302: 175–87. arXiv:astro-ph/0601022v1. Bibcode:2006Ap&SS.302..175L. doi:10.1007/s10509-005-9025-4. 
  2. ^ McKie, Robin; Gentleman, Amelia (13 March 2006). "Red rain could prove that aliens have landed". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ Sampath, S.; Abraham, T. K., Sasi Kumar, V., & Mohanan, C.N. (2001). "Colored Rain: A Report on the Phenomenon" (PDF). Cess-Pr-114-2001 (Center for Earth Science Studies and Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute). Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ Gangappa, Rajkumar; Wickramasinghe, Chandra; Wainwright, Milton; Kumar, A. Santhosh; Louis, Godfrey (2010). "Growth and replication of red rain cells at 121°C and their red fluorescence". Proceedings of SPIE. Proceedings of SPIE: 78190N. arXiv:1008.4960. doi:10.1117/12.876393. 
  5. ^ Red rain in India may have alien origin by Arshdeep Sarao, Epoch Times 6 August 2012

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