11. Origin of Life on Earth

  1. Prof. Sun Kwok

Published Online: 14 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9783527637034.ch11

Organic Matter in the Universe

Organic Matter in the Universe

How to Cite

Kwok, S. (2011) Origin of Life on Earth, in Organic Matter in the Universe, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527637034.ch11

Author Information

  1. The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Science, Pukfulam Road, Hong Kong

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527409860

Online ISBN: 9783527637034



  • origin of life;
  • panspermia;
  • Miller–Urey experiment;
  • Oparin–Haldane hypothesis;
  • primordial soup;
  • external impacts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Design or Accident

  • Prebiotic Chemical Evolution: the Oparin–Haldane Hypothesis

  • Panspermia

  • Evidence for External Impacts in the Past

  • Impact-Origin of Life Hypothesis

  • Delivery of Organic Compounds in the Early History of the Earth