JB new Ambassador to Thailand
Professor of Sinhala at the University of Colombo, eminent
linguist and historian J.B Dissanayake has been named the
ambassador designate to Thailand by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The Nation learns.
Professor Dissanayake, a product of Ananda College Colombo,
graduated from the University of Peradeniya in 1961. He later
went on a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California,
Berkley to read for a Masters in linguistics and obtained a PhD
from the University of Colombo.
President Chandrika Kumaratunge bestowed the honourary title of
Deshamanya to Professor Dissanayake for his scholarly services
to the nation. The author of numerous books on linguistics,
culture and history Professor Dissanayake was awarded with the
title of “Emeritus Professor” by the University of Colombo upon
retirement after a teaching career of over 40 years. Prior to
his retirement Dissanayake served in the capacity of the Head of
the Department of Sinhala at the University.
Sri Lanka’s links with Thailand had traditionally been due to
its shared Theravada Buddhists roots. However in recent time
Thailand has gained significance since the LTTE had used the
islands off Thailand as an arms smuggling post. Trading links
with the country have also strengthened during the recent years
with Thailand emerging as a strong South Asian Economy.