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E W Adikaram

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Nationality  Sri Lankan
Role  Educationalist
Ethnicity  Sinhalese
Died  December 28, 1985

Religion  Theravada Buddhism
Education  University of Oxford
Name  E. Adikaram
Residence  Sri Lanka
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Born  March 05, 1905Sri Lanka
Books  Early History of Buddhism in Ceylon Or State of Buddhism in Ceylon: As Revealed by the Pali Commentaries of the 5th Century AD

Kalutara Koralalage Edward Winifred Brito Adikaram (5 March 1905 – 28 December 1985) was an educationalist, writer and a social activist in Sri Lanka. In 1931 he obtained an M.A degree from London School of Oriental Studies and in 1933 a Ph.D. on the thesis "Early History of Buddhism in Ceylon". After returning to Sri Lanka he started to teach in Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte and in 1934, he became the principal of the school. He was a prominent nonviolence activist in Sri Lanka


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Institutions founded

  • Schools: Anula Vidyalaya, Ananda Balika Maha Vidyalaya Kotte 1971; Nugegoda;Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama; Vidyakara Vidyalaya, Maharagama; Nigrodha Vidyalaya, Gangodawila and branches of Ananda Sastralaya at Ruwanwella and Malabe, now known as Madhya Maha Vidyalayas. All of these are state-run schools at present.
  • Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, belongs to the network of study centres in various parts of the world, run by people who are interested in the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti.
  • Taruna Sitivili Samajaya or Young Thinkers Forum, for the discussion of contemporary social, religious, ethical and ecological issues. At one time it had over 8000 members, mostly youths, drawn from all parts of Sri Lanka. Defunct since Dr. Adikaram's death.
  • Sri Lanka Vegetarian Society, Colombo and Matara. The Colombo society was defunct between 1987 and 1997. It was revived and re-vamped in June 1997.
  • Principle Publications

  • Early History of Buddhism in Ceylon, 1946
  • Catalogue of Pali and Sinhalese Manuscripts at the Theosophical Society Library, Adyar
  • The Pali Reader
  • The Dhammapada, an English Translation
  • Asoka Lipi (Sinhala translation of the Inscriptions of Asoka)
  • Paramanuva (A Sinhala work on The Atom)
  • Sitivili
  • Dr Adikaram also edited a Sinhala magazine on science named navina vidyava, wrote a series of school texts on General Science and numerous newspaper articles on a variety of subjects such as social criticism, physical and environmental sciences etc.
  • References

    E. W. Adikaram Wikipedia