By P. G. Cooray (auth.), C. H. Fernando (eds.)
When the past due Professor Joachim Illies prompt in 1980 that I edit a quantity of the Monographiae Biologicae on Sri Lanka, i used to be pleased to just accept the problem. even if I had spent merely six years of my study and educating profession in Sri Lanka, I had made own touch or corresponded with many scientists who had labored in, nonetheless paintings in, or who've studied fabric from Sri Lanka. the current abode of the authors of the chapters during this quantity indicates the large geographic unfold of curiosity in Sri Lanka, and shows additionally the dispersion of Sri Lankan scientists like myself. Sri Lanka has had a comparatively lengthy heritage of indigenous medical learn within the normal sciences. From the early paintings of Kelaart (1852, Prodromous Fauna Zeylanicae, Ceylon government. Press, 250 pp.) to the current time, there was a kind of sustained learn attempt within the traditional sciences. The Colombo Museum, which celebrated its centenary just a couple of years in the past, and the realm recognized Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, served as repositories and bases for persisted study at the fauna and plant life. there are various land marks in those studies.