Chandima Gomes

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Prof. Chandima Gomes
Chandima Gomes Potrait.jpg
Born Colombo, Sri Lanka
Residence Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan

Royal College Colombo

University of Colombo

Uppsala University
Occupation Professor of Engineering
Employer Universiti Putra Malaysia
Known for

Electrical Engineering


Spouse(s) Nilanthi Gomes

Ashen Indimal Gomes

Amesh Eromal Gomes

Chandima Gomes (Sinhala: චන්දිම ගෝමස්) is a Sri Lankan engineer, physicist and writer who is now permanently residing in Malaysia. His research and engineering career is mainly based in South and South East Asia on lightning protection, grounding, and electromagnetic interference, on which topics he has put several of his research outputs into practice. Apart from lightning protection and electromagnetic compatibility that reduces economic losses from natural and man-made threats, he has also been working on human and animal safety against lightning mainly in developing countries in Asia and Africa.[1][2][3][4][5] He is also an engineering consultant and trainer in lightning protection, grounding and bonding, electromagnetic interference and research methodology. He has conducted over 120 training programs all over the world.

Education and early career[edit]

Prof. Chandima Gomes with his wife in Sweden in late 90s

Gorakanage Arosha Chandima Gomes was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 12 September 1966. He had his education up to secondary level at Royal College[6] and then proceeded to University of Colombo,[7] where he studied for a Special Degree in Physics. In 1993 he passed out from UoC with First Class Honours Degree in the field of Physics. Soon after his first degree Chandima Gomes joined the UoC as a Lecturer in Physics and started a joint PhD program with Uppsala University, Sweden.[8] At Uppsala University, he did research in several fields such as Lightning Physics, High Voltage Engineering, Discharge Physics etc. under the supervision of Prof. Vernon Cooray.[9] In 1999, he received his PhD. and returned to Sri Lanka. Chandima is also a chartered engineer and chartered physicist registered in the UK.

From 1999 to 2009, while working as a senior academic and a researcher at UoC, Dr. Chandima Gomes was involved with several projects in promoting lightning safety and protection in the South Asian region.[10][11][12] He was also involved with many commissions in Sri Lanka such as being the Chairman of the Young Scientists Forum of NASTEC,[13] Chairman of the Committee on developing National Policy on Lightning Protection,[14] and Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's National Policy on Antenna Structures.[15]

Career in Malaysia[edit]

Prof. Chandima Gomes after a conference in Uganda
Chandima Gomes during early 20s

Dr. Gomes started his career as an engineering consultant in lightning protection and EMI/EMC in the early 2000 and gradually became a trainer on the subject. In 2010 he shifted to Malaysia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering,[16] at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), where he played a key role in establishing the Centre for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection (CELP)[17] of which Chandima became the first Head of the Institute.[18] The CELP, the first of its kind in Asia, is dedicated to research, education, awareness and training on lightning related engineering and physics.

After his work in promoting lightning safety in Asia, he started working in the same line in Africa where the annual lightning death is extremely high.[19][20][21] He pioneered in establishing the African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics (ACLE), with the patronage of NAM S&T Center[22] in New Delhi and Ugandan Statehouse.[23] He also supported in forming many lightning research and awareness centers established in several countries in the developing world.[24][25] He also serves as an adviser for many institutes including National Lightning Safety Institute, USA.[26] Chandima Gomes has contributed to a number of research papers published on the lightning safety and protection in Asia and Africa.[27][28][29][30][31][32] Chandima has also done studies on the lightning effects on animals, an area which has been hardly investigated.[33][34]


In 2014, with over 10 years of research, Prof. Chandima Gomes made an explanation on the lightning protection technology of ancient Sri Lankan Buddhist monuments, called stupa; very large hemispherical/conical buildings constructed 1500–2000 years ago. Although the Mahawamsa, the "Great Chronicle" of Sri Lankan history, written in the first few centuries A.D., has also mentioned that these stupa have been provided with lightning protection by Sri Lankan kings, until Chandima's work there was no scientifically sound explanation given on the methodology.[35][36][37]

Ideas depicted in many general articles contributed by Chandima Gomes have already been put into practice in several countries.[38][39][40][41][42]

Chandima Gomes has also authored the Sinhala Book "The pathway to be rich" (Sinhala: ධනවතෙකු වීමේ මග), which is now in wide circulation among Sinhala readers in both Sri Lanka and abroad.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Striking back: lightning in the developing world, Sci Dev Net, August 2007
  2. ^ National Geographic, November 2 2013
  3. ^ Entebbe, Tororo more prone to lightning strikes, New Vision, February 2014
  4. ^ Protection of Archaeological sites in the wrong way, The Island, October 25, 2012
  5. ^ Improved methods suggested to map areas prone to lightning, The Hindu, November 15, 2007
  6. ^ Royal College Sri Lanka
  7. ^ University of Colombo Sri Lanka
  8. ^ Uppsala University Sweden
  9. ^ Vernon Cooray Home Page Uppsala University
  10. ^ SARI/Energy (USAID) Report, 2005 Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Beyond Frontiers, The Island, 29th May 2007
  12. ^ NLSI International Lightning Safety Initiatives Archived March 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Young Scientists Forum NASTEC Sri Lanka
  14. ^ National Science and Technology Commission Sri Lanka
  15. ^ National Policy on Antenna Structures
  16. ^ Academic Staff Dept Electrical Engineering Universiti Putra Malaysia
  17. ^ CELP Malaysia Archived January 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ CELP organizational chart Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ National Geographic, November 2 2013
  20. ^ Lightning kills hundreds every year in South Africa
  21. ^ Lightning deaths in Africa in the rise
  22. ^ NAM Science and Technology Centre New Delhi
  23. ^ Uganda State House
  24. ^ Lightning Awareness and Research Centre India
  25. ^ African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics
  26. ^ NLSI International Board of Advisors
  27. ^ Lightning environment in Burundi
  28. ^ Lightning accidents in Nigeria: With special attention to aviation mishaps
  29. ^ Case studies of lightning related injuries and property damage in Zambia
  30. ^ Lightning Safety of Under-privileged Communities around Lake Victoria
  31. ^ Public perceptions and lightning safety education in Sri Lanka
  32. ^ Lightning occurrence density in Guinea
  33. ^ Lightning related fish mortality: Case study from Bangladesh
  34. ^ Lightning safety of animals
  35. ^ Ranweli Sayen Mathuwana Akunu Thakshanaya (in Sinhala Language)
  36. ^ Lightning current and voltage distribution of large axially symmetric Buddhist stupa in Sri Lanka
  37. ^ Lightning; Gods and Sciences
  38. ^ Milking the Southern Expressway, The Island, December 29, 2011
  39. ^ National Geographic, November 2 2013
  40. ^ Mother-Care Centers, The Island, January 20, 2013
  41. ^ The Next Alien Attack, The Island, March 25 2014
  42. ^ City of Universities, The Island, January 04 2013