Vidya Jyothi, Emeritus Professor Eric Hamilton Karunanayake (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.)
Professor Eric Hamilton Karunanayake is the Founder Director of the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB), University of Colombo. Professor Karunanayake served the IBMBB as the Founder Director from 2003-2006.
Professor Karunanayake has made a land mark, successful and singular contribution to national development by making a very successful negotiation of a soft loan on 15 million Swedish Kroners in year 2000 from SIDA, for the civil construction and obtaining equipment of IBMBB which is a Centre of Excellence at the University of Colombo and has become a national asset.
Prof Karunanayake receiving TWAS award
During the tenure of Professor Karunanayake at the University of Colombo, he has held several administrative positions. He was the Head of the Department of Biochemistry from 1987 – 1989 and from 1991 – 2002, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine. Professor Karunanayake was appointed as the Chairman, National Research Council from July 2005 – September 2013.
Professor Karunanayake had supervised / co-supervised 26 PhDs at University of Colombo. Some of them are serving other faculties in University of Colombo, other universities, Research Institutes and some are serving overseas institutions. Cost for training of these PhDs (15) were from research grants he obtained from SIDA/SAREC.
Professor Karunanayake’s main contribution to University and National Development was in human capacity development in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and related disciplines with the research training at PhD/MPhil/MSc levels. This research training was supported by a total amount of 28.8 million Swedish Kroners from Grants obtained from SAREC and the International Programme in Chemical Sciences (IPICS), University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Apart from the Award of the prestigious Titular National Honour of Vidya Jyothi by H.E. the President, Professor Karunanayake has received various awards, including
- E. President’s awards for Scientific Publications for the years, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2010
- Professor George Fleming award jointly to him and his co-authors for the paper published in the British Veterinary Journal in 1997
- The Kandy Society of Medicine Health Research Award in 1997 in recognition of his contribution to health sector research
- Professor Balasubramaniam Gold medal for excellence in research awarded by the University of Jaffna, 2005
Vidya Jyothi, Emeritus Professor Eric Hamilton Karunanayake continues to give aspiration and guidance to young students.
Inspiring and guiding young scientists…
“Trailblazer in Molecular Life Sciences” – Felicitation volume for Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Professor Eric Karunanayake
Founder and Founder Director of the IBMBB, Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Professor Eric Karunanayake is truly a trailblazer in Molecular Life Sciences in Sri Lanka. Collection of essays from his postgraduate trainees and a few collaborators in this Felicitation Volume serves as evidence for his four decades of relentless dedication and leadership to advance science for the benefit of the Nation.
We have made this publication available on-line for the benefit of scientists, researchers and the wider public and especially to inspire younger generations.