Susantha Goonatilake, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
Susantha Goonatilake was first trained in electrical engineering in Sri Lanka, Germany and Britain and later in sociology in Sri Lanka and Britain (Ph.D.Sociology) ; M.A.(Sociology); B.A (Sociology); A.M.I.E.E. (London); B.Sc. (Engineering).
Among Susantha Goonatilake's books are: Anthropologizing Sri Lanka: A Civilizational Misadventure (Indiana University Press, 2001); Toward a Global Science: Mining Civilizational Knowledge (Indiana University Press 1999, Sage India 2000); Merged Evolution: the Long Term Implications of Information Technology and Biotechnology (Gordon & Breach. New York, London 1999); Technological Independence: the Asian Experience (ed. the United Nations University, Tokyo 1993); Evolution of Information: Lineages in Genes, Culture and Artefact (Pinter Publishers, London, and PBS Publishers, New Delhi 1992); Aborted Discovery: Science and Creativity in the Third World (Zed Press London 1984); Crippled Minds: an Exploration into Colonial Culture (Vikas Publishers, New Delhi 1982); Food as a Human Right (ed The United Nations University, Tokyo 1982); and Jiritsu Suru Ajia No Kagaku-Dai San Sekai Ishiki Karano Kaiho (A Free Asian Science -Towards Liberation of the Third World Mind - Japanese translation of writings on non-European knowledge systems Ochanomizu Shobo Publishers; Tokyo 1990).
Susantha Goonatilake has taught or researched among others at the University of Exeter, University of Sussex, UK; Columbia University; New York; New School for Social Research, New York; Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo; University of Philippines, Manila; University of Trondheim, Norway; University of Linkoping, Sweden and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. He has worked at the UN. He has also being a senior consultant for all the UN organs dealing with knowledge and science and technology issues (such as UNU, UNESCO, UNDP, ILO, FAO, ESCAP, APDA, etc).
He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a former General President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.