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June 30th, 2007
The nation mourned the death of Dr. Amith Munindradasa last month. While the portrayal of him as a ‘top defence expert' was exaggerated to a point of controversy, Dr. Munindradasa was certainly not a run-of-the mill individual who could be stereotyped.
He was a practical engineer; an amazing theorist; skilful technician; wildlife enthusiast; ardent philanthropist; eccentric inventor; well-read scientist; passionate photographer; remarkable cook.; creative teacher; dutiful family man; humble soul and truly independent being.
From 2003-2006, he was the head of the Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the University of Moratuwa Faculty of Engineering. While being a frequent lecturer at the Institute of Engineers and the Arthur C. Clarke Centre, he was one of the pioneers who worked on the initiative of establishing a Nanotechnology centre in Sri Lanka. He was also one of the few academics in the country who had his work published in the internationally renowned science journal "Nature". He was a member of two committees in the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, while playing an active advisory role for the Wildlife Conservation Department.
Even as an engineer, he could not be categorized into one specific field. He was well versed in the fields of nanotechnology, power electronics, mechatronics, astronomy and quantum electronics. This cross blend of expertise and the ability to benchmark his knowledge across technical and non-technical platforms made him an extraordinary engineer and an amazing human being. For example he combined his knowledge of electronics and acoustics with his enthusiasm for nature and pursued a completely different field of "Wildlife Electronics".
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