|Born||23 February 1950|
|Residence||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
|Known for||"Alien Bugs", Neopanspermia|
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.
Wainwright's 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 hypothesis that bacteria and other non-virus microbes cause cancer.
Honours and awards
- Honorary Professor and Fellow of the Buckingham 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. (2010). The origin of species without Darwin and Wallace. Saudi J Biol Sci. 17, 187–204.
- 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.
- Notification: Dr.Wainwright has more than 100 different publications in several fields, that can be found through link below:
- "'Alien Bugs' Discovered In Earth's Atmosphere". news.sky.com. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "The truth IS out there (above Cheshire, that is): British scientists claim to have found proof of alien life - Science - News - The Independent". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Astrobiologists Claim to Have Found Extraterrestrial Life Form in Earth's Stratosphere | Space Exploration | Sci-News.com". sci-news.com. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- University of Sheffield. "Milton Wainwright - Academic Staff - Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - The University of Sheffield". sheffield.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "wainwrightscience". wainwrightscience.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "It's raining aliens". tmcnet.com. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Project MUSE - Hitler's Penicillin". muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Biochemical Society Essays in Biochemistry". all-portland.net. Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Milton Wainwright". British Centre for Science Education.
- Wainwright, M. (1990). Miracle Cure: The Story of Penicillin and the Golden Age of Antibiotics. Blackwell. ISBN 9780631164920. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Books: An Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology (Hardcover) by Milton Wainwright (Author)". tower.com. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Cambridge Journals Online - International Journal of Astrobiology - Abstract - How do microorganisms reach the stratosphere?". journals.cambridge.org. Retrieved 2014-12-29.