Professor Abhaya Induruwa pioneered academic and research networking and Internet deployment in Sri Lanka. He served as prime mover, Principal Investigator and Project Leader of the Lanka Experimental Academic & Research Network (LEARN), to provide data communications throughout the island in 1989. Just as impressively, he convinced the Sri Lankan government, which in 1989 was fighting two civil wars, to support that network. With limited resources, Induruwa introduced LEARNmail in 1990, deployed LEARN – the first IP Wide Area Network in Sri Lanka – and established Internet connectivity in 1995. He served as the administrative contact for the .LK domain until 1998. Today, LEARN connects all universities and research centers in the nation. His efforts paved the way for the later establishment of commercial Internet services in Sri Lanka. Read his full bio here.