Charles Dahanayake BSc. (Ceylon), PhD (Bristol) is an eminent
academic and physicist. He was born on 8th February, 1928 in
Hiyare, a village a few miles off Galle. He obtained his initial
education up to JSC from the village school and thereafter
entered Vidyaloka Vidyalaya in Galle to study in the English
medium, where he secured several double promotions and studied
up to SSC in the arts stream. During this period he also studied
Sanskrit at the Vidyaloka Pirivena in Galle, as it was his
intention to learn as many languages as possible.
In 1946 he came to Colombo to study at Ananda
College, where he changed over to the science stream and was
granted a scholarship to enter the University of Ceylon in 1948.
He graduated from the university with a BSc 1st class degree in
physics special in 1952. Upon graduation, he joined the
university academic staff. Thereafter he left for the University
of Bristol for postgraduate research leading to a PhD, under
Professor C. F. Powell, Nobel Laureate. Throughout his interest
was in fundamental particles of nature. He returned to Ceylon in
1956 and continued working at the University of Ceylon, Colombo.
In 1962 he went to the University of Rochester on a Fulbright
Fellowship and upon his return went to the University of Ceylon
and Peradeniya to continue his academic career.
In 1967 he came to Vidyalankara University,
Kelaniya and was the first dean in the newly created Faculty of
Science. He was dedicated to teaching science in the Sinhala
medium, and at Kelaniya he got that opportunity. And a new
avenue was opened for village students as they could now learn
science in Sinhala.
He worked as a member of the Committee for the
Popularization of Science of the SLAAS. He authored Prayogika
Bhouthika Vidyawa, a book on practical physics in Sinhalese,
which is popular with Advanced Level students and first year
Professor Dahanayake served as a member of the
University Grants Commission for 10 years from the time it was
established. He is an active member of the Sri Lanka Association
for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS). He was the SLAAS
President of Section E (Physical sciences) in 1974 and the
general president in 1990. He was also the founder president of
the Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka.
As per the diagrams of the hands, the hand is a
Conic hand. It is also called an intellectual, idealistic or
psychic hand. Such hands are lengthy, less wide but heavy in
shape. There are gaps between fingers and Jupiter, Moon and
Mercury zones look bigger and their lines are longer.
A: If there are too many of these vertical
lines on the mount of Sun then the person will diversify his
talents. The person may have varies responsibilities, or engage
in many enterprises at the same time.
B: The travel line shoes migration to
foreign countries. The travel line will be found on the hands of
professional people who want to migrate abroad.
C: The heart line on this hand reveals
strong intellectual abilities and potential for great wisdom.
D: The head line shows ability for mental
pursuits such as study, teaching, correspondence or creative
E: A well developed mount of Jupiter
indicates strong ambitions, leadership and wisdom.
F: A well developed mount of mercury is
found on those possessing a flair for speech, business and
G: Such a combination reveals that the
person succeeds through intellectual activity.
H: A prominent mount of the Moon is found on those with a
healthy imaginations and a well developed sense of intuition.