Bradman Weerakoon

Bradman Weerakoon

Bradman Weerakoon

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Deshamanya Robin Bradman Weerakoon CCS (born 20 October 1930) is a retired senior bureaucrat of the Sri Lankan government. Bradman Weerakoon has the unique distinction of serving nine Sri Lankan heads of state in a career spanning across half a century.

Early life

He was born on October 20, 1930 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His father, Edmund R. Weerakoon and his mother, a teacher at Princess of Wales College, were both devout Anglicans. He was named after the legendary Australian cricketer Don Bradman who sailed to Colombo on the day of his birth.

Education

He studied in Holy Cross, Kalutara and later in St. Thomas's College, Guruthalawa. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts's Degree with second class honors (upper division) in economics and sociology from University of Ceylon and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in University of Michigan for one year where he did his MA in Sociology.

Civil Service

Bradman joined the Ceylon Civil Service in 1954 as an understudy to the Government Agent of Anuradhapura, after which he spent a year in Jaffna where he learnt Tamil. After that he was transferred to Badulla but before he could assume duties, the order was withdrawn and he was sent to the Prime Minister's office.

In 1953, he was appointed as the assistant secretary to the prime minister at the time, Sir John Kotelawela. He later became his secretary and continued after Solomon Bandaranaike became the prime minister in 1956. After his death, he served Vijayananda Dahanayake...
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