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National Heroes of Sri Lanka

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Eminent personalities of Sri Lanka have made hallmark contributions in Sri Lanka's growth and prosperity in various fields like Politics, Science, literature and sports. The national heroes of Sri Lanka have always been an integral part of the country's history in ways more than one. Some of the leading national heroes of Sri Lanka who have made their country proud are:

•  Mohamed Salim Aboobakr

•  Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike

•  Professor Cyril Ponnamperuma

•  Susanthika Jayasinghe

Mohamed Salim Aboobakr

A former Deputy Mayor of Colombo in 1950, Mohamed Salim Aboobakr was a supporter in the struggle against capitalist and feudalist exploitation. The history of his struggle and sacrifices for the benefit of the working class is remembered with much respect and gratitude.

Mohamed Salim Aboobakr's political career started in 1936 as a pioneer member of the Lanka Samasamaja party and in 1946 he was elected as an M.M.C to the Dematagoda ward. He served the people for over 14 years and is considered to be one of the national heroes of Sri Lanka.

Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike

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Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike was the first woman prime minister in the world. Subsequent to the assassination of her husband S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1959, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike became the leader of the Sri Lankan Freedom party which her husband had formed. She was instrumental in replacing the official English language with Sinhalese in her effort to reduce foreign influence in Ceylon. Therefore, her contribution as a national hero of Sri Lanka is undeniable.

Professor Cyril Ponnamperuma

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Professor Cyril Ponnamperuma was born in Galle on 16 October 1923 and grew up to become one of the leading scientists of the world. He had a long and distinguished academic career and in the year1962, he was honored with a National Academy of Science resident associateship tenable with NASA at Ames Research Center. He rose to fame when he was selected the chief investigator of the moon dust in the “Apollo programme”, whereby, he appeared on the cover pages of world class newspapers and magazines like ‘Times' and ‘News Week'.

He contributed greatly to the world of science and has received many awards for his outstanding work. He was a scholar in Sri Lanka who was well known in the scientific community of every corner of the world. He was a true national hero of Sri Lanka who made his country proud internationally.

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Susanthika Jayasinghe

Susanthika Jayasinghe became known as the ‘Wonder Girl' of Sri Lanka after her historical win in the at 1997 Olympics. She became the first woman in Sri Lanka to win an Olympic medal. And so she made her place among the National heroes of Sri Lanka.


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