Saturday Magazine

Palm Watch
Identifying the intellectual through Palmistry
by Priyantha Wickramaratna
Institute of Astrological Research and Consultancy, Ceylon

Professor 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 university students.

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 work.

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 education.

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.

 

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