Upali Wijewardene

Philip Upali Wijewardene (Sinhala:උපාලි විජයවර්ධන) (17 February 1938 - 13 February 1983) was a well-known businessman in Sri Lanka who established the Upali Group. At the time of his death, Wijewardene had branched in to newspapers, confectionery and even started a domestic air line named Upali Air. He was killed when his private Learjet exploded in mid air on February 13, 1983. The young Upali who lost his father at the age of l 1/2 years was brought up by his mother Anula Kalyanawathie Wijewardene. Upali was educated at Prestigious Royal College, Colombo. He later graduated from Queen's College of Cambridge University in England. On his return to Sri Lanka Upali commenced his business career as a Management Trainee at Lever Brothers. Thereafter, he ventured out on his own and founded the Upali Group of Companies under the sign of the eternal symbol of energy "THE SUN Wijewardene entered the medium of comics with Chithra Mithra (Picture Friend) in February (1981) because it offered a large market to begin a publication without advertising and it allowed him to test his printing presses.

Personal details

Date of birth
Sri Lanka
Date of death
February 13th, 1983 at age of 45
Cause of death
Aviation accident or incident


1. University of Cambridge Colleges/University

The University of Cambridge (informally known as Cambridge University or Cambridge) is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after the University of Oxford), and the seventh-oldest in the world. In post-nominals the university's name is abbreviated as Cantab, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis (an adjective derived from Cantabrigia, the Latinised form of Cambridge).

Institution info

Type Public university
2013. 4.9 bil. £
Institution colors
Trinity Lane, CB2 1TN - Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012. 11,941
2011. 12,077
2009. 12,192
2004. 12,018
2012. 6,246
2011. 6,371
Acceptance rate
2012. 21.9 %
Local tuition
2013. 9 K £
2012. 9 K £
Official web page www.cam.ac.uk
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Cambridge connected by profession and/or age

b. 1937., Mathematician
b. 1939., Politician
b. 1942., Film Director
b. 1939., Lawyer
b. 1935., Film Director
b. 1941., Politician
b. 1935., Philosopher
b. 1937., Comedian

2. Royal College, Colombo Independent school

Royal College Colombo (simply Royal) was founded in January 1835 in Colombo. It is considered to be the leading public school in Sri Lanka. The oldest public school in the country, it is a selective entry National School, as such it is funded by the central government as opposed to the provincial council providing both primary and secondary education. Royal College is often referred to as the Eton of Sri Lanka and it was selected as one of best innovative colleges in the world by Microsoft in 2009.

Type Independent school
Institution colors
Reid Avenue, Cinnamon Gardens, 00700 - Colombo, Western Province
Official web page www.royalcollege.lk
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Royal College, Colombo connected by profession and/or age

b. 1937., Politician
b. 1934., Physician
b. 1941., Diplomat
b. 1935., Academic
b. 1939., Academic
b. 1936., Politician
b. 1938., Award Winner
b. 1966., Architect

3. Queens' College, Cambridge Colleges/University

Queens' College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England. It is amongst the oldest and largest colleges of the University, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou (the Queen of Henry VI, who founded nearby King's College), and has some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge. The college spans both sides of the river Cam, colloquially referred to as the "light side" and the "dark side", with the world famous Mathematical Bridge connecting the two. Queens' College has been a centre of learning for more than 550 years and its distinguished alumni include Desiderius Erasmus, Stephen Fry, Lord Eatwell, Abba Eban and T. H. White.

2013. 58.6 mil. £
Institution colors
CB39ET - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
2013. 503
2013. 364
2010. 270
Local tuition
2013. 9 K £
2011. 3.38 K £
Official web page www.quns.cam.ac.uk
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Queens' College, Cambridge connected by profession and/or age

b. 1940., Judge
b. 1942., Military Person
b. 1935., Religious Leader
b. 1939., Chivalric Order Member
b. 1934., Composer
b. 1940., Writer
b. 1933., Religious Leader
b. 1936., Religious Leader

Organizations founded

1. Upali Air


Date funded


Wikiedia article

Upali Air is one of the defunct airlines of Sri Lanka. It was the island's first domestic airline.


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