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Commemorating the Chemistry Greats - Devanandan Memorial Oration & Launching New IChemC Web site

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on Nov 05, 2011   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo


As part of the new series of orations launched by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon in 2007 to commemorate the Chemistry greats, the fifth of the series was held to commemorate Dr. Michael Angelo Vincent Devanandan on 9th September 2011 at the P.P.G.L.Siriwardene Auditorium at Adamantane House.


The oration titled   “Noble Chem Technology from Inception to Power Plant Application” was delivered by Dr. Samson Hettiarachchi Consultant, Electrical Power Research Institute in the USA. Being one time student of Dr. Devanandan, Mr. Samson Hettiarchchi was graduated from the University of Ceylon, Colombo with an Honours Degree in Chemistry in 1970. Having completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1975, he served the University of Colombo for 8 years as lecturer and before emigrating to the United States in 1983. He worked as Electrochemist/Sr. Electrochemist at SRI International for 8 years before joining the Nuclear Division of the GEC in 1991. Currently he is a consultant for the Electric Power Research Institute in US and Advanced Nuclear Technology International in Sweden. He received the 2005 Edison Award from GE Nuclear energy for his contribution. Dr. Hettiarachchi has over 100 publications in International Journals and International Conference Proceedings and holds 27 US patents.  


Dr. M.A.V. Devanandan was graduated with a First Class Honours in Chemistry from University of Ceylon in 1947 and obtained his PhD from Imperial College (University of London) in 1951.He left the University in the early sixties    and worked in several institutions including the University of Pennysilvania, CISIR, India and the University of Southampton. His untimely death at the early age of 52 in 1978 took p[lace while he was holding the position of Director of the TRI in Talawakelle. He had over 25 patents in Sri Lanka, India, and in UK. He was the recipient of All India Invention Promotion Award for his work on alkaline MnO2 for high capacity cells and a Gold Medal at All India Industrial  Exhibition for invention of air depolarized cell. For his contribution to the Physical Chemistry of electrical interfaces, Dr. Dvanandan was awarded DSc (cum laude) degree by the University of London in 1964 and in 1981 the University of Colombo conferred a Hony DSc degree posthumously.  

Dr. M. Jonas Fernando who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest is Dr. Devanandan’s first PhD student who obtained his PhD while working at the CISR. Id is note worthy that, this was the very first PhD in Chemistry to be awarded by the University of Ceylon.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, networking Audience: students, professional chemists, professors, educators, research scientists, post graduate students, women chemists
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