11 April 2014
Joining the elite ranks of notable individuals, Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Joint Acting Head of Department for Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been inducted in to the Internet Hall of Fame for his introduction of the Internet in Sri Lanka.
In 1985, Dr Induruwa founded the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and served as its Head until 1998. In 1989, exactly 25 years ago this month, he articulated his vision for an island-wide computer network for academics and researchers, by setting up the Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN) to the government of Sri Lanka.
Dr Abhaya Induruwa
As Project Leader of LEARN, Dr Induruwa, permanently connected Sri Lanka to the Internet in 1995 and has paved the way for the establishment of commercial Internet services in the country.
Dr Abhaya Induruwa said: “I am pleased that the availability of Internet in Sri Lanka is making a significant positive impact on its society and economy. I am honoured to be inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in recognition of my pioneering contributions in the early nineties in bringing Internet to Sri Lanka.
During his speech at the Induction Ceremony, Dr Induruwa added: “Imagine a world before the World Wide Web, imagine a time before you had smartphones, and imagine a life where you had to live without Wi-Fi. This was the time I was dreaming of a research academic network for the Sri Lankan academic community.
“I am very glad to be here today and deeply honoured to be part of these celebrations.”
Along with being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, Abhaya has now also been named a Global Connector, which recognises and celebrates individuals from around the World who have made a major contribution to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region or community.
Previous inductees to the Internet Hall of Fame include esteemed figures such as Vint Cerf, widely considered as the ‘father of Internet’, Bob Metcalf, inventor of Ethernet, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Al Gore, former Vice President of the USA and incidentally in the same category as Dr Induruwa in 2012, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia.
Kathy Brown, CEO of the Internet Society, said: “The 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees include extraordinary individuals who have helped shape the global Internet. This historic assembly of Internet trailblazers, innovators, and thought-leaders represent many different countries and backgrounds, each with an inspiring story to share.
“We applaud their achievements and determination to push the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world.”
To watch Dr Induruwa's acceptance speech at the Induction Ceremony in Hong Kong, click here.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey
Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Hall of Fame (www.internethalloffame.org) is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible. The Internet Hall of Fame was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.
The Internet Society (www.internetsociety.org) is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.