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Origin of Life: The Heterotroph Hypothesis
Oparin, A. I. (1924 to 1930's)--Russian who hypothesized about the composition of the ancient earth atmosphere and how life could have evolved. He postulated that if methane, ammonia, water, and hydrogen were subjected to high energy sources they could form the kinds of organic compounds upon which life is based. The early energy sources on earth were thought to be ultra violet light, lightening, volcanic heat, and/or ionizing radiation. Oparin's famous book, "Genesis and Evolutionary Development of Life" contains a detailed explanation of the hypothesis of chemical evolution.
Oparin’s theories on origin of life
Haldane, J. B. S. (1929)--Englishman who translated and elaborated on Oparin's original works in Russian. He postulated that if and when primeval organic molecules were formed, they would accumulate in seas, ponds, lakes, and that a dilute soup of these molecules ("primeval soup")would develop. The chance for chemical interactions in such a "soup" would be increased. Ultimately small structures that could mimic life, or could be precursors of life, would form.