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Late Professor Nandadasa Kodagoda was born on 31st October 1929, in Hikkaduwa, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

He grew up in the village of Ahangama, in the District of Galle,
also situated in the Southern Province. He received his early education at the Ahangama Temple School. After the first two years of education,
he was admitted to Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo, and was educated at Nalanda till the on-set of the 2nd World War.

Consequent to Sri Lanka (Ceylon as it was called then) getting 'involved' in the war, for security reasons, Nalanda Vidyalaya was taken to a provincial area.
Young Nandasa's parents took him back to the Galle district,
and admitted him Mahinda Vidyalaya, in Galle.

Nandadasa completed his secondary education at Mahinda Vidyalaya, and having passed the University Entrance Examination, entered the Ceylon Medical College (presently called the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo).

Having graduated as a doctor in 1956, worked for the Health Department and was attached to the government hospitals of Galle, Colombo, & Karawanella. In 1958, he joined the academic staff of the Colombo Medical School and worked as a junior lecturer.

In 1961, he joined the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Medical School. In 1962, he proceeded to the United Kingdom, wherein he qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), and also became qualified as a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Having returned to Ceylon in 1964, he continued to be attached to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ceylon, wherein he was subsequnetly appointed a Senior Lecturer.

Later in 1984, he became the Professor of Forensic Medicine of the University of Colombo. Subsequently, in 1990 he was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and later in 1994 was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo.

Professor Nandadasa Kodagoda was also the Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, and also the founder Chairman of the Alcohol & Drugs Information Centre (ADIC).

In recognition of invaluable services rendered to the nation, the late Professor Kodagoda was honoured by the vesting of the Deshamanya, Kalakeerthi, Vishva Prasadinee, national awards.

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