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Oral History Interview with Prasanna Manjula Samarawickrama

Prasanna Samarawickrama was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and spent most of his childhood and schooling in the region. While attending high school, Mr. Samarawickrama won a scholarship through the AFS to attend a year of high school in the United States. He spent a year then living and going to school at Roosevelt High School in Oregon. Back in Sri Lanka, he attended Ananda College in Colombo and majored in Physics. After college, Mr. Samarawickrama joined Air Lanka as a flight attendant. While working for the airline for 5 years, he was able to travel much of the world. After saving enough to return to the United States for university, Mr. Samarawickrama returned to the West Coast and attended Southern Oregon State University and then Oregon State University to work on his PhD in nuclear physics. Just prior to finishing his degree, he was hired by Microsoft and moved to Washington State.

Date: September 23, 2008
Subject(s): Prasanna Manjula Samarawickrama
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Amy Bhatt
Location: Washington

Holding Institution: University of Washington
Collection: South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington
Additional Information: Phase 3
Item History: 2017-01-22 (created); 2017-01-22 (modified)

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