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Chandraratne Mahinda Dematawewa, Sri Lankan, American science educator. Recipient Best Communicator prize, School Agriculture, University Edinburgh, 1989, Bancroft award, Iowa State University, Ames, 1994, Excellence award, 1996, Best Presentation award, Institute Agriculture, University Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1998, Best Research Paper award, Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, 2004, 2008; grant, Agricultural Research Service-USDA, 2005-2007.


Dematawewa, Chandraratne Mahinda was born on October 28, 1963 in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Son of Tennakoon Dematawewa.


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (honorary), University Peradeniya, 1985. Postgraduate in Animal Breeding, University Edinburgh, 1990. Master of Science in Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, 1992.

Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Breeding, Iowa State University, Ames, 1996.


Lecturer University Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1986—1990. Graduate research assistant Iowa State University, Ames, 1990—1996. Senior lecturer University Peradeniya, since 1997.

Research scholar/visiting scientist Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University, Blacksburg, 2005—2007. Visiting lecturer University Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, since 1998. National animal breeding committee member Ministry of Livestock Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka, since 1998.

National young scientists' forum steering committee member Ministry of Science and Technology, Colombo, 2000—2001. Deputy director Agricultural Biotechology Center, University Peradeniya, 2002—2003. Visiting lecturer Rajarata University, Mihintale, 2003—2004.

Coordinator, annual congress Postgraduate Institute Agriculture, University Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2004. Acting head Department Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, 2008.


  • Achievements include research in development of new methodology for genetic evaluation of trait productive Life in dairy cattle. the present AIPL-USDA national genetic evaluations of dairy cattle are based on this new methodology. Research in findings on dystocia in United States dairy cattle by our Iowa state research team were adopted by AIPL-USDA in formulating net merit index for United States national genetic evaluations of dairy cattle. Development of national animal breeding policy guidelines for Sri Lanka. these guidelines have been officially adopted by the Sri Lankan government.


Executive committee member Alumni association, Faculty Agriculture, University Peradeniya, 1998—1999. President Sri Lankan Organization, Iowa State University, Ames, 1995—1996. Member Ames Junior Chamber of Commerce Club, 1996, Alumni Association, Iowa State University, 1996.

Member of Sri Lanka Association Animal Production (president 2007-2008), Sri Lanka Association Animal Production 2003-2004, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, S-1008 Corporation Research Group, United States of America (research team member 2005-2007), International Biometrics Society, Applied Statistics Association Sri Lanka, World Poultry Association, Sri Lanka Branch (executive committee member 2007-2008), National Agricultural Society Sri Lanka, Federation University Teacher.' Associations, Sri Lanka (president 2002-2004), American Dairy Science Association.


  • Other Interests

    Billiards, travel.


Married Bajjama Liyanage Damayanthi. 1 child Hiyumi.

Tennakoon Dematawewa Dematawewa

Bajjama Liyanage Damayanthi

Hiyumi Dematawewa