Cosmochemical Evolution and the Origins of Life

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Origin of Life and the First Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life Barcelona, June 25–28, 1973 Volume I: Invited Papers

  • J. Oró
  • S. L. Miller
  • C. Ponnamperuma
  • R. S. Young
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Preface

    1. J. Oró, S. L. Miller, C. Ponnamperuma, R. S. Young
      Pages 1-3
  3. Cosmochemistry

  4. Paleobiology

  5. Primordial Organic Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. J. P. Ferris, J. D. Wos, T. J. Ryan, A. P. Lobo, D. B. Donner
      Pages 153-157
    3. J. Oró, E. Stephen-Sherwood
      Pages 159-172
    4. Mella Paecht-Horowitz
      Pages 173-187
    5. Carl Saxinger, Cyril Ponnamperuma
      Pages 189-200
    6. T. N. Evreinova, T. W. Mamontova, V. N. Karnauhov, S. B. Stephanov, U. R. Hrust
      Pages 201-205
  6. Precellular Organization

  7. Early Biochemical Evolution

  8. Exobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Donald A. Flory, John Oró, Paul V. Fennessey
      Pages 443-455
    3. M. A. Mitz
      Pages 457-462
    4. G. Eglinton, S. Tonkin
      Pages 463-482
    5. W. F. Libby
      Pages 483-486
    6. V. A. Otroshchenko, Yu. A. Surkov
      Pages 487-490
    7. Shiv S. Kumar
      Pages 491-495
    8. Carl Sagan
      Pages 497-505
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 507-523

About these proceedings


This publication, in two volumes, includes most of the scientific papers presented at the first meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL), held on June 25-28, 1973 in Barcelona, Spain. The first volume contains the invited articles and the second volume the contributed papers, which also appear in the 1974 and 1975 issues, respectively, of the new journal Origins of Life, published by D. Reidel. A relatively large number of meetings on the subject of the origin of life have been held in different places since 1957. In terms of its organization, scope, and number and nationality of participants, the Conference celebrated last year in Barcelona closely followed the three international conferences held earlier in Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1957, Wakulla Springs, U.S.A., 1963, and Pont-a-Mousson, France, 1970. For this reason the first ISSOL meeting was also named the Ath International Conference on the Origin of Life.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. Oró
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. L. Miller
    • 3
  • C. Ponnamperuma
    • 4
  • R. S. Young
    • 5
  1. 1.Departments of Biophysical Sciences and ChemistryUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Universidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, Department of ChemistryUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  5. 5.NASAUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2241-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2239-2
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