Noel Wimalasena

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Noel Wimalasena
High Commissioner N. Wimalasena.png
1st Governor of Sabaragamuwa
In office
30 April 1988 – 1993
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by C. N. Saliya Mathew
14th Mayor of Kandy
In office
Preceded by Sir Bennet Soysa
Succeeded by Edward Lionel Senanayake
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Senkadagala
In office
Preceded by Shelton Ranaraja
Succeeded by Shelton Ranaraja
In office
March 1960 – July 1960
Succeeded by Shelton Ranaraja
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
In office
Personal details
Born Nanediri Wimalasena
(1914-03-23)23 March 1914
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Died 5 May 1994(1994-05-05) (aged 80)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Political party UNP
Spouse(s) Prema Wijesekera née Fernando
Children Mangala, Vajira, Sanjani
Alma mater
Occupation Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat

Noel Wimalasena (23 March 1914 – 5 May 1994) was a Sri Lankan lawyer, politician and the first Governor of Sabaragamuwa.


Nanediri Wimalasena was born on 23 March 1914[1] in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He attended Ananda College, Colombo, the Ceylon University College and the Ceylon Law College.

In 1946 Wimalasena was elected to the Kandy Municipal Council, serving as Deputy Mayor in 1946 and as Mayor in 1963.

In March 1960 he ran as the UNP candidate for parliament in the Senkadagala Electoral District. He was successful, securing over 48% of the vote.[2] However as neither of the major political parties managed to obtain a sufficient majority in the election a new election was called. At the July 1960 election Wimalasena lost by a narrow margin of 25 votes to the SLFP candidate, Shelton Ranaraja.[3]

Wimalasena contested the 1965 parliamentary elections and was successful in gaining the seat of Senkadagala, defeating the sitting member, Ranaraja. Wimalasena served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance between 1965 and 1970 in the Third Dudley Senanayake cabinet and between 1966 and 1970 was the Governor of the Asian Development Bank (Sri Lanka). He retained the seat in the subsequent 1970 election with over 50% of the vote[4] however chose not to run in the 1977 election.

In December 1977 he was appointed as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom serving until January 1981. Upon his return to Sri Lanka he was the Deputy Director-General for the Greater Colombo Economics Commission.

On 30 April 1988 he was appointed as the first Governor of Sabaragamuwa remaining in the position until 1993, when he was succeeded by C. N. Saliya Mathew,[5]

In 1993 he was awarded the national honour of Deshamanya.


  1. ^ "Hon. Wimalasena, Nanediri, M.P.". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 19 March 1960" (PDF). Election Commission of Sri Lanka. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 20 July 1960" (PDF). Election Commission of Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Sri Lankan Provinces from 1988". World Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Office created
Governor of Sabaragamuwa
Succeeded by
C. N. Saliya Mathew