Dr. Jeyaratnam Wilson (1928-2000)
Wilson (1928-2000) was a professor of political science at the
University of New Brunswick (U.N.B.) from 1972 until his retirement
in 1994. He earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics
in England in 1956. Dr. Wilson came to Canada from his native
Sri Lanka and was appointed Chair of the department of political
science upon his arrival at U.N.B.
Dr. Wilson was a prolific writer
and researcher. He wrote or edited 13 books on the policies of
South and Southeast Asia, most notably on those of Sri Lanka.
He also published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
The respect accorded to Dr.
Wilson bestowed many high-profile responsibilities on him. Arguably,
the most important of these was the significant role he played
in the authorship of the Sri Lankan Constitution that was in
effect from 1978-1989.
Dr. J, as his colleagues called
him, always put his all into departmental responsibilities despite
his gargantuan workload. He was passionate about seeing his students
succeed, and thus every student who needed it received his undivided
Dr. Wilson was a proud father
to Malliha, Maithili and Kumanan, and a devoted husband to his
wife Susili. The loving nature that Dr. Wilson exuded in all
facets of his life served as a model that his friends, family,
colleagues and students tried to emulate.
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