London: A Cambridge professor has made an astonishing claim that three leading British scientists studying the melting Arctic ice may have been murdered by hitmen within the space of a few months in the year 2013.
Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics, in an interview with promise of confidentiality, also said that he believe that he too was targeted but had a narrow escape.
The professor suspects that the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence.
However, some reports say that Wadhams has complained to Independent Press Standards Organissation (IPSO) claiming that his scientific reputation was damaged after breach of confidentiality by The Times reporter to whom he had given the interview wherein he had made the disclosure.
As per a report published in The Guardian, the professor claims that he has been inaccurately quoted in the story published, but the The Times maintains that it stands by it story and even has Wadhams on record making the revelations.
Professor Laxon, 49, a director of the Centre for Polar Observation at University College London, was at a New Year's Eve party in Essex when he fell down a flight of stairs and died.
Meanwhile oceanographer Dr Boyd, 54, was out walking his dogs near his home in Port Appin, Argyll, western Scotland, in January 2013 when he was struck by lightning and killed instantly.
Just months later in April, Dr Giles, 35, was cycling to work at UCL where she lectured when she was hit by a tipper truck in Victoria, central London, and died.