W. T. I. Alagaratnam
|W. T. I. Alagaratnam
OBE MICE MIWE
|Born||12 March 1895|
Alagaratnam married Daisy Anketell. They had three daughters - Chandra, Pathmini and Kamalini.
After graduating Alagaratnam returned to Ceylon and joined the Irrigation Department in 1921 as an Assistant Irrigation Engineer. He was the first qualified Ceylonese engineer to join the department. In 1934 he became the first Ceylonese to be appointed Irrigation Engineer. He was promoted to Divisional Engineer in 1943. In 1952 he became the first Ceylonese to be appointed Director of Irrigation. He held the post until his retirement in 1955. Alagaratnam later served as Director of the Water Resources Board.
Alagaratnam died in 1977.
- Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 2.