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1899 Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera, born on November
8, at Panadure 17 miles south of Colombo.
1906-1917 Saint John's College, Panadure.
1917-1918 Ceylon Medical College.
1919 Bachelor of Arts of the University of London in Oriental
Languages at age of nineteen.
1921 Teacher at Buddhist school, Ananda Vidyalaya.
1923 Principal at Buddhist school, Ananda Vidyalaya.
1924 Conference of Living Faiths Within the Empire (London).
1925 MA. and Ph.D. from the School of Oriental Studies of the
University of London.
1926 Principal of Nalanda College in Ceylon.
1927 Lecturer in Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit at Ceylon University
1928 Ph.D. Thesis: The Pali Literature of Ceylon published in the
R.A.S. Prize Publications (380 pp.)
1935 Mahāvamsa-Ţīkā: Vamsatthappakāsinī published
by P.T.S. London. (Intro 113 + 700 text pages.)
1936 World Fellowship of Faiths (London).
1937 Extended Mahāvamsa in Colombo, Aluvihare Series (Introduction 53
pages and text 380 pages.)
1937-1973 Joint Secretary, Vice-President, & President of All Ceylon
1937 Dictionary of Pali Proper Names 2 vols. London, Secretary
of State India (1163 + 1370 pages.)
1938 University of London awarded Dr. Malalasekara the degree of
Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.)
1939 Professor of Pali, Sanskrit and Sinhala of the Ceylon University
1942 Dean of the ability of Oriental Studies.
1942 Special Committee of Education.
1945-1957 Editor of "The Buddhist" Young Men's Buddhist Association of
1948 English-Sinhalese Dictionary (14 + 1066 pages), published in
1949 East-West Philosopher's Conference (Hawaii).
1950 Founder-President of World Fellowship of Buddhists (129 delegates
from 26 countries)
1953 Imperial Honour of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.)
1954 Initiator & Editor-in-Chief of a ten-volume Encyclopaedia of
Buddhism. (6 published in 2005)
1954 Commission on Higher Education in Swabhasa.
1955 Pakistan Philosophical Congress (Karachi).
1956 Symposium on Buddhism's Contribution to Art, Letters and
Philosophy (New Delhi).
1956 Official Language Commission.
1957 The Buddha and His Teachings published by Lanaka Bauddha
1958 Buddhism and the Race Question published by the UNESCO in Paris.
1957 Ambassador to USSR, Poland, Rumania and Czechoslovakia.
1960 Hon. D. Lit. (Vidyodaya University of Ceylon.)
1961-1963 High Commissioner in Canada and Permanent Representative to
the United Nations.
1963-1967 Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in the United Kingdom.
1965 Convocation of Religion for World Peace (San Francisco).
1965-1971 Chairman of the National Council of Higher Education.
1973 Died on 23 April.
Details can be found in:
Encyclopaedia of Buddhism. Vol VI, fascicle 4: pp.582-585. 2002.
0. H. de A. Wijesekera, Malalasekera Commemoration Volume,
Mutukumara, Nemsiri, Tribute to Malalasekera, Colombo, 1982