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Prof. Atula Senaratne

Professor of Geology / Senior Professor

B.Sc. (SL), M.Sc. (London), DIC, Ph.D. (FRG), AvH Res.Fell.(FRG), MIGSL

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About Me

Prof. Atula Senaratne holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Technology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London. He obtained his Ph.D. Degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Federal Republic of Germany.

He joined the academic staff of the Faculty of Science in 1980 and since then served the Faculty of Science of the University of Peradeniya and the University system in Sri Lanka at different capacities. He was the Head, Department of Geology from 1999 to 2004. He also served as the Director –Science Industry Interaction Cell, Faculty of Science and Chairman of the Board of Study in Earth Sciences of the PGIS. He was responsible for two new mineral discoveries, Gold-Graphite (2019) in Seruwila and largest iron ore deposit in Sri Lanka, in 2001. From Aug. 2012 to end of July 2015, he held the highest position of the University, the post of Vice Chancellor.

At the national level, he served as the Chairman of the Water Resources Board of Sri Lanka, Director-Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka and as a member of the Presidential Task Force “Natural Hazards”. He was also the President of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka in 2001-2002. He has received many awards at national and international levels. He received Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship /Germany in 1996/97, D.A.A.D. (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, F.R.G. in 1984-1988, U.S.A.I.D. Fellowship, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado, U.S.A., in 1983 and The Third World Scholarship, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1981- 1982.

Positions Held

Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya - (2012-2015)

Chairman, Water Resources Board of Sri Lanka

Senior Professor and Professor of Geology

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer Gr. I and II, Lecturer

Ongoing Research and Projects

Precious metals in hydrothermal zones along Highland - Vijayan Boundary

Geothermal energy prospects of Sri Lanka

Mineral beneficiation

Memberships & Awards


Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Germany - 1996/97


German Academic Exchange Scholarship, Germany - 1984/87


Third World Scholarship- Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London - 1981/82


Ananda Coomaraswamy Medal for outstanding contribution to Geology of Sri Lanka - 2013


Member, American Geophysical Union - 1983


Member, American Water Resources Association -1 983


Member, Geological Society of Sri Lanka - 1983


Award: Ananda Coomaraswamy Medal: Geological Society of Sri Lanka


NRC merit Award for Scientific Publication-2015