Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mendis Rohanadeera

Professor Mendis Rohanadeera (1931-2011) was a Sri Lankan academic and historian.

Life events
Rohanadeera was born on 21 January 1931 in Pallattara village in Hambantota District (Suraweera, 2013). He completed his primary education at the Government Sinhala School in the village and then entered the Nittambuwa Guru Vidyalaya where he underwent teacher training under D.P. Atukorala from 1950 to 1951 (Suraweera, 2013). During this period, Rohanadeera was fortunate to have Mahagama Sekara as his colleague who later became a popular poet, playwright, novelist, artist and filmmaker in Sri Lanka (Suraweera, 2013).
 
After the teacher training, Rohanadeera got a job at Buddhagosha Vidyalaya at Kalubowila (Suraweera, 2013). He followed a Diploma course in Sinhala along with his colleague Mahagama Sekara at the University of Ceylon in 1956-1957 (Suraweera, 2013). After that, he got a teaching appointment at Weeraketiya Central and then at Vidyodaya University where he obtained his Masters and PhD degrees (Suraweera, 2013). With a series of promotions and honorary titles, Rohanadeera eventually became a Senior Professor of History and Archaeology (Suraweera, 2013). 

Rohanadeera has been honoured with numerous awards and titles. He was an active member of a number of organizations including the UNESCO National Commission (Suraweera, 2013). In 2009, he received a D.Litt from the University of Rajarata (Suraweera, 2013).

Rohanadeera passed away on 25 August 2011 at the age of 80 (Suraweera, 2013).
 
References
1) Suraweera, A.V., 2013. Professor Mendis Rohanadeera (1931-2011). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. pp.104-106.


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