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|Born||February 23, 1950|
|Residence||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
|Known for||"Alien Bugs", Neopanspermia|
Milton Wainwright is a British microbiologist who claims to have found extraterrestrial life in the stratosphere. His interests are in astrobiology and the history of science. He claimed that the idea of natural selection is not original to Darwin's or Wallace's theory. Also, he has claimed that the red rain in Kerala is a biological entity. Wainwright has also written widely about the history of the discovery penicillin (including that Hitler’s life was saved by the drug) and streptomycin and on the theory that bacteria and other non-virus microbes cause cancer.
Wainwright graduated from the University of Nottingham in the field of botany. He obtained a PhD from the same university in the field of mycology. After he went to the National Research Council of Canada as postdoctoral fellow, where he obtained a qualification in environmental microbiology. After his postdoctoral fellowship, he went to work at the University of Sheffield.
Honours and awards
- Honorary Professor and Fellow of the Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, Great Britain, 2012
- Honorary Professor, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, 2010
- Honorary Professor, Cardiff University, Great Britain, 2009
- Wainwright, M., Al Harbi, S. and Wickramasinghe, N.C. (2006). How do microorganisms reach the stratosphere? International Journal of Astrobiology 5,13–15.
- Shivaji, S., Chaturvedi, P., Kuresh, K., Redy, C.B.S., Wainwright, M. et al. (2006). Bacillus aerius sp. nov. isolated from cryogenic tubes used for collecting air samples from high altitudes. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 56,1465–1473.
- Wainwright, M. (2008). Some highlights in the history of mycology—a personal journey. Fungal Biology Reviews, 7, 2297–102.
- Wainwright, M., Leswd, A. and Alshammari, F. (2009). Bacteria in amber coal and clay in relation to lithopanspermia. International Journal of Astrobiology 8,141–143.
- Wainwright, M. (2010).The overlooked link between non-virus microbes and cancer. Science Progress 93, 393–40.
- Wainwright, M. (2002). Do fungi play a role in the aetiology of cancer? Reviews of Medical Microbiology 13, 1–6.
- Wainwright, M. (2006). The potential role of non-virus microorganisms in cancer. Current Trends in Microbiology 2, 48–59.
- Wainwright, M. (2011). Charles Darwin mycologist and refuter of his own myth. Fungi 4, 12–20.
- Wainwright, M. (1991). Streptomycin: discovery and resultant controversy. Journal of the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 13, 97–124.
- Wainwright, M. and Swan, H.T. (1986). C.G. Paine and the earliest surviving clinical record of penicillin therapy. Medical History 30, 42–56.