The 113th birth anniversary of Eng.(Prof.) Robert Haisington Paul, (popularly known as R. H. Paul) was commemorated by IESL with a memorial lecture held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution on Tuesday, 9th February, 2017 from 1715 hours.
This year’s lecture was on the theme ‘Enabling Power Systems of the Future’ and was delivered by Eng. Prof . Kithsiri M. Liyanage - Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya and currently at SLIIT as a Visiting Professor.
Welcoming the full-house audience Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President of IESL stated that considered as father of Electrical Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, Late Professor R. H. Paul, in
1933, when he joined Ceylon Technical College, Colombo, the only institution offering courses in engineering in the country at that time, as a Lecturer, worked tirelessly to develop higher level electrical engineering courses and establish laboratory facilities at the Ceylon Technical College. His hard work paid-off when the University of London recognized the Ceylon Technical College, in 1942, as an institution to prepare students for its prestigious B.Sc. (Engineering) external degree programs.
When the University of Ceylon established its Faculty of Engineering, Prof. R.H. Paul was one of its founder members and was the natural choice for its first Professor of Electrical Engineering, the position he held until his retirement in 1968. Prof. Paul once again displayed his professionalism as an academic, in developing the courses of study in Electrical Engineering, planning and establishing the laboratory facilities for the programs and training the technical staff for the faculty, both at its temporary facilities in Colombo as well as when it was shifted to the permanent facilities in Peradeniya, later.
The legacy of the spacious and well planned electrical engineering laboratory complex of the Peradeniya Engineering faculty stands as the testimony for his professionalism and futuristic planning, in developing the concept for the same.
The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late Professor by the President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, preceded the delivery of the Memorial Lecture.
The memorial lecture had been organized by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL. Family members of the late Professor, Council Members, Past Presidents and other members of the institution attended in large numbers the commemoration.
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