The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), NASA Astrobiology Institute, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics present a free lecture with world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Paul Davies on Wednesday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at HMNH, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In his lecture, entitled Did Life Come From Mars?, Davies makes the compelling case that life in our solar system may have originated only once, spreading by interplanetary migration. Should life be found on Mars, many will see it as evidence that life arises readily on planets and may have done so throughout the universe.

Davies is a theoretical physicist and best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life, and Are We Alone: The Philosophical Basis of the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. He was awarded the 1995 Templeton Prize for his work on the philosophical meaning of science. Dr. Davies recently retired from his position as Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, and is devoting his time to writing books.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available, and the HMNH is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (617) 384 8309 or visit us at