(Hemamali) Anushka Wirasinha

(Hemamali) Anushka Wirasinha was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She pursued her graduate studies at London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) receiving her Bachelor of Science (Economics) honors in 1994. She entered Harvard University completing her post graduate studies in 1996 in Special Studies in Administration and Management receiving the highest grade in her class for Micro Computers and Information Technology. She was invited to teach the course immediately following her graduation becoming an assisting lecturer in Micro Computers and Information Technology in the autumn of 1996.

Her ardent enthusiasm for writing resulted in a prolific output of 10 books within 11 months which included ‘Spread the word around: MS Word’, ‘Computer Tutor’, ‘Study Buddy’, ‘Cyber Ethics’, ‘Visually Learn PC’, ‘On Your Marks Net Set Go! Surviving in an e-world!’, ‘The Years of the Technomanogs (Science Fiction), ‘Who Owns the Alphabet?’ and ‘Tinges’ published in Sri Lanka in 2001 and ‘Heart Mended with Super Glue’ published by Universal Publishers, USA. Another 10 publications followed the next year including ‘Digital Art’, ‘Office Essentials: MS XP’, ‘PC Private Eye’, ‘Doctor PC’, ‘I want to teach the world to CLICK!’ (Computing for the blind), ‘Java Essence’ ‘Flash in a Flash: Web Development’, ‘Moments’ and ‘Zangots’(Science Fiction) published in Sri Lanka and ‘Model Citizen’ published by Xilbris, USA.

Her writings gained her a prominent spot in Sri Lankan history as she became the first Sri Lankan in the country to author a series of computer books written in English and the first Sri Lankan to put forth such a varied combination of Computer titles. She marked her place as the originator of Computer book authoring in English in her country and in 2001 her Prentice Hall of India re-published works ‘Visually Learn PC’ and ‘On Your Marks…Net…Set…Go! Surviving in an e-world!’ hit the India Times bestseller list making her a bestselling author in India at the start of her career. Since then her books have made their way to reference libraries of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, India and as annotated listings in Finance India and endorsed and accepted by the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka for use in schools, educational institutions and libraries throughout Sri Lanka.

In 2003 she was inducted to Sigma Xi the honor society for research scientists (Harvard Chapter).

She is a member of the Harvard Faculty Club, Phi Delta Kappa (Harvard Chapter) International professional association of educators, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Association for Women in Computing, Women in Technology International (WITI), IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Microprocessors and Microcomputers and Wearable Information Systems IEEE Technical Committees, E-Commerce and Learning Technology Task Forces, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Science Advisory Board, Federation of American Scientists, Albert Einstein Society, British Computer Society (BCS), The Academy of American Poets, America’s First Responders Alliance, Young Politicians of America, Amnesty International USA

She has also gained recognition for initiating and introducing Digital Art to Schools in Sri Lanka which is now a national exhibition and competition conducted by the Anushka Wirasinha Computing and Digital Art Foundation and for outlining a Cyber Law for Sri Lanka in her publication ‘Cyber Ethics’.

Other than her academic and literary achievements she has received excellence awards for ‘Best Smile’, ‘Comedy Monologue’ and ‘Evening Makeup/Photogenic’ from the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA), New York. Her other interests include writing, Computers, Travel, Fashion, Interior Design and Photography. She also enjoys spending time with her best friend ‘Guiness’ her Maltese pet dog.

 

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