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Deshabandu Eng. A.N.S. Kulasinghe (1919-2006)

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka
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  • A.N.S. Kulasinghe
  • Education
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__ J. Natn.Sci.Foundation SYL Lanka 200634(2): 111-112 Deshabandu Eng. A.N.S. Kulasinghe (1 91 9-2006) Deshabandu Eng. A.N.S. Kulasinghe, who was one of the most distinguished engineers to have served our country during the last several decades, passed away o n 14 February 2006. H e spent most of his productive years in Sri Lanka, as Engineer, Scientist, Techno log i s t , Teacher a n d M e n t o r of r emarkab le intellectual breadth. H e was 87 at the time of his death. His death deprived the Sri Lankan scientific community of one of the most influential Engineers. The engineering career of A.N.S. Kulasinghe spans 65 years. Much has been said and written about this great engineer and his achievements, but little is known about what made him so successful and that was his positive attitudes. Born to a middle class family in rural Sri Lanka, Eng. Kulasinghe lost his mother at the very young age of four. H e had his secondary education at Maris Stella College, Negombo and St. Benedict's College, Co- lombo. In 1938, he passed the London Matriculation Examination, securing a First Division, which enabled him to join the B.Sc(Eng.) (London) course at the Ceylon Technical College on an entrance scholarship. Due to the Second World War in 1940s, his studies were dis- rupted, but later in 1958 he completed the B.Sc(Eng.) Hons.(London) as an external candidate. In the same year, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London. Eng. Kulasinghe started his engineering career in 1940 by joining the Ceylon Hydro-electric Scheme, Nor ton Bridge, as Technical Assistant to the Chief Resident Engineer. In 1944, he joined the Colombo Port Commission (CPC) as a Junior Assistant Harbour Engineer. Among his substantial contributions to the C P C in the areas of civil and mechanical engineering, are the initiatives taken in developing laboratory fac

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