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tributes to Ray Wijewardene

Ray Wijewardene

Following Ray’s death in August 2010, many friends and associates wrote a large number of public tributes in the media. Others chose to send their memories privately to the family – all of which will provide information and insights for the planned biography about Ray’s rich and colourful life.

Here are selected tributes that have appeared in English and are available online. If you know more weblinks, or have memories to share, please write to: memories[at]




Ray Wijewardene: An Extraordinary Thinker and Tinkerer
by Nalaka Gunawardene, 28 September 2011

Ray Wijewardene: Visionary bio-energy promoter
by P G Joseph
Daily Financial Times, 27 September 2011

වෙලට නොබැස පොතෙන් ගොවිතැන් කරන කෘෂි  විද්යාඥයෝ
Ray Wijewardene, the Practical Farmer (in Sinhala)
by Nalaka Gunawardene
Ravaya, 28 August 2011

සැබෑ හරිත විප්ලවයක් සොයා ගිය රේ විෙජ්වර්ධන
Ray Wijewardene: Going Beyond the Green Revolution (in Sinhala)
by Nalaka Gunawardene
Ravaya, 21 August 2011
සැබෑ හරිත විප්ලවයක් සොයා ගිය රේ විෙජ්වර්ධන

Do we need a street address?
By Sivam Krish 19 August 2011

In remembrance: Dr. Ray Wijewardene
By Vidusha Nathavitharana
Perspectives Blog: 30 April 2011

Oh, nuts! Coconuts!
By Prof Ajith de Alwis
Daily FT: 10 March 2011



Ray Wijewardene I knew
Tom Wijesundera & Liz Wijesundera
Daily Mirror, 20 November 2010

Passionate champion of small farmers and big ideas
Nalaka Gunawardene
The Sunday Times, 5 Sep 2010

Ray Wijewardene: An obituary appreciation
D L O Mendis
Sri Lanka Guardian, 3 September 2010

Remembering Ray Wijewardene
A Kandappah
The Island, 26 August 2010

Appreciation - Vidya Jyothi Dr Philip Revatha (Ray) Wijewardene
Dr Ranjith Manindapala
The Sunday Times, 25 August 2010

Kakkapalliye Pol Goviya (Coconut Farmer of Kakkapalliya)
Renton de Alwis
Daily News, 25 August 2010

Death of Dr. Rewatha (Ray) Wijewardene
A Legend fades into another "plane"
Arjuna Hulugalle
The Island, 21 August 2010

Ray, the last Renaissance Man
Sunela Jayewardene
The Sunday Times, 22 August 2010

Ray Wijewardene: The Visionary
Asoka Abeygunawardana
Daily Mirror, 20 August 2010

Accolade to my mentor Ray Wijewardene
Suren Ratwatte
Daily Mirror, 20 August 2010

Ray Wijewardene: a scientist and a simple man
Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) website
19 August 2010

Ray Wijewardene: Finally free to roam the skies
Nalaka Gunawardene
Moving Images blog, 19 August 2010

Who Speaks for Small Farmers, Earthworms and Cow Dung?
The late Ray Wijewardene in conversation with Nalaka Gunawardene, 19 August 2010


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