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Dr. C L de Silva Gold Medal was awarded to Prof E D de Silva

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Dr. C L de Silva Gold Medal was awarded for an outstanding research contribution in any branch of Chemical Sciences and/ or the use of such research for National Development during the last five (5) years in Sri Lanka by Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. This year recipient is Professor E Dilip de Silva C.Chem., F.I.Chem.C.

Professor E Dilip de Silva is a Senior Professor and Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of Colombo. He received his BSc Special Degree in Chemistry with Honours from the University of Colombo in 1975. He earned his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA in 1982. He won awards for Excellence in Research and as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant at the Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA from 1979- 1980. Professor de Silva has been a Senior Lecturer in the University of Colombo and later an Associate Professor in the Open University of Sri Lanka until he was appointed to the Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Colombo in 1997. Professor de Silva has also served as a visiting Professor in Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada, visiting Scholar, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA and visiting Academic, Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was awarded the “Professor P P G L Siriwardene Memorial Gold Medal” by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon in 2007. Professor de Silva has also been the recipient of the GRC Research Award from the SLAAS. He also spent his sabbatical leave at the College of Chemical Sciences as a Visiting Professor in Chemistry.

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