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Dr Sabesan SithamparanathanUK, Dec 31 (BBC) - A Sri Lankan-origin pioneer of location-tracking technology has been appointed OBE in the King's New Year Honours.

Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan, who founded Cambridge company PervasID, devised a real-time location tracking system used by NHS trusts, hospitals, aircraft manufacturers and retailers.

He is among 105 people in the East honoured for their exceptional contribution to their communities.

He said he was "absolutely over the moon, thrilled" to receive the award.

Dr Sithamparanathan is recognised for services to innovation technology and the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) subjects in education.

He said it was "a great honour and testament to the hard work and innovation of the entire team".

In hospitals, his system uses electromagnetic fields to track surgical instruments, ensuring they are decontaminated and sterilised properly, and available in the right place at the right time.

Retailers have also adopted the technology to track stock and enhance click-and-collect services.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr Sithamparanathan studied at the University of Sheffield before embarking on a PhD at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he developed his tracking system. He was elected a research fellow at Girton College in 2011.

"I came here as a teenager to pursue higher education," he said.

"If it was not for Cambridge and the people who mentored me along the way, I would not be where I am today.

"Cambridge allowed me to exploit possibilities; to maximise potential. I learned from very talented professionals.

"At the end of the day, innovating is exciting but bringing an idea from the lab to the real world has been a real challenge.

"On a personal level, it is a dream come true."

Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan

Other people from Cambridgeshire who have received awards in the King's New Year Honours List include:

Lorna Woor, 69, from Cambridge, the founder of a village stitches group, receives the BEM for services to the community
Sheila Betts, 72, from Cambridge, the chair and volunteer with the Jarman Centre for Girlguiding, receives the BEM for services to young people
Sharon Livermore, 42, from Ely, is appointed MBE for services to the victims of domestic abuse
Helen Pain, 54, from Great Chishill, is appointed MBE for services to science
Maxine Purdie, 54, from Ely, is appointed MBE for services to knowledge exchange
Julia Fentem, 57, from Huntingdon, is appointed MBE for services to human health and animal welfare
Joan Winterkorn, 74, from Cambridge, is appointed MBE for services to heritage and culture
Michael Frankl, 75, from Cambridge, is appointed MBE for services to charity, to homeless people and to the Jewish community in Cambridge

 

 

 


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  • Tissa Fernando Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:01 AM

    Congratulations to Dr.Sithamparanathan for the great achievement. It is a great honor.

    You r foolng us Monday, 01 January 2024 02:13 AM

    You should honour 200 out of 240 parliamentarian. These AMMUDAI fellows are the key for the country is down fall.

    roni Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:02 AM

    What a shame IMF Ranil Rajapakse is not recognized for burdening the people with taxes. but he who is over 60 as per his deadline enjoys overseas visits with people money.

    Chanaka Fernando Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:05 AM

    Proud about you Dr.

    Truth Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:23 AM

    Sri Lanka only produces doctors and engineers ,if you want to become a scientist or a mathematician then you have to leave Sri Lanka and go to some advanced countries to study. Then the brainpower of the individual is utilised for the advancement of that country and not Sri Lanka. This is how European and North American countries remain powerful.

    reality Sunday, 31 December 2023 08:44 PM

    forward thinkers can't work in a country where backward thinkers thrive. accept the reality

    shelliah Sunday, 31 December 2023 03:12 PM

    Sri lanka we have a very good education system,we have also very intellegence children from my experience I can tell we need a good political system including intelligence political leaders. educated level not in thugs level. we can count our politician who got degrees how many of them. some politician they dont know Geography well.

    DD Sunday, 31 December 2023 04:10 PM

    Dr. Sabesan DOREE, you're turning dreams into reality—nice! Very proud of you and kudos on the shiny new badge. Could you consider lending a helping hand to Sri Lankan children in the STEM field?

    Smh Sunday, 31 December 2023 05:01 PM

    His success came after leaving Sri Lanka. Once again this should be a real eye opener. SL education system needs a major overhaul starting from backward minded employees and ministers. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, model the system from Europe and USA where it is tried and true.

    Sambo Sunday, 31 December 2023 07:29 PM

    Congratulations sir. Proud of your achievement. Over in the island they Honor corruption, drug dealers, thief's and so on. That's why we are called Sri Lanka

    Navi Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:06 PM

    Congratulations ! Best wishes on your future endeavors.

    ChildOfGod Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:09 PM

    Congratulations on your achievement and wish you and your team many more FIRSTS to come. God Bless.

    Pantha Kumaran Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:42 PM

    Dr Sithamparanathan, we all are proud of you. Had to stay in our banana republic you would have been an ordinary person. In our banana republic only politician can do well. Congraulations

    Puspy Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:59 PM

    Pantha, I totally agree with you

    Karu Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:45 PM

    USA or UK easily don't appreciate an new invention these days...Its really a great achievement...Congrats.

    Obvious factor Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:59 PM

    We need two states in one country to improve in every sphere.

    Lokka Monday, 01 January 2024 06:42 AM

    obvious factor. Here a racist is talking nonsense

    Lokka Monday, 01 January 2024 06:42 AM

    obvious factor. Here a racist is talking nonsense

    Mandayan Monday, 01 January 2024 11:28 PM

    Hi Locca, there is a saying in our villages, he, himself wouldn’t eat and wouldn’t allow others to eat. That’s exactly what I think of our politicians to take racism for their benefit at the peril of this great nation. If Sinhalese doing well then at least racism is good but look at where the nation stands. The minorities doing well abroad and the majorities are busy in Aragalaya searching for a better life and a leader. So may be two state solution may be better for both! Either equality and do well together or go in separate way, agree?

    Ranjan Monday, 01 January 2024 01:56 AM

    This great talent if lived in SL would perhaps never been allowed to enter the Faculty of Engineering for the mere 'sin of being born as a Tamil'. However, going to UK in his teens opened up a path that allowed him to be a torch-bearer for a useful innovation. SL's short sighted policies brought by politicians from majority group is the reason why the country will continue for years to come in this economic quagmire.

    Mandayan Monday, 01 January 2024 05:15 AM

    Sri Lankans are every where in the UK. Tomorrow New Year’s Day mark the beginning of Tamil Heritage Month recognised by the Greater London Authority, Government of Canada, Provincial Government of Ontario, State of Washington etc. Thai Pongal gets the wishes from British, Canadian and Australian Prime Ministers who thanks for the contributions in health, businesses and education. Brain drain is a great lost to Sri Lanka!

    Thiru Satkunam Monday, 01 January 2024 05:57 AM

    Good news to open a new year, and congrats to you Sir on this great achievement. Peace and Goodwill is the need of the hour, not war mongering causing colossal damages both to humans and ecology, and sadness angering nature, with retribution in the future!

    lion Monday, 01 January 2024 06:01 AM

    Congratulation for your great achievement .

    Parththuran Monday, 01 January 2024 10:53 AM

    Congratulation Dr.Sabesan.. He was one of the topper (remembered he was 3rd rank) in Mathematics stream in 2003 A/L from Jaffna District. As he is my batchmate I probably knows, later, he might be got a chance to enroll at a UK's University by scholarship despite enrolling at Universities in Sri Lanka. Well talented, he deserves it and proud of him.

    Victor Balakrishnan Monday, 01 January 2024 05:01 PM

    Thank you DM for publishing this! Again migration gave this opportunity. If he is in Srilanka , simply, he would have been unnoticed and ignored by main media’s and political system as he is a Tamil in origin.

    Kathirgaman Monday, 01 January 2024 06:31 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes for your great well recognized achievement and you are in right country for your knowledge highly respected by British Gouvernement But not in this corrupted IslandSri Lanka

    Erandani Dias Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:24 PM

    Great News to ring in the New Year! Very proud of you, Dr. and may we see more and more achievements. Wish you all the Very Best!

    K.S. Wednesday, 03 January 2024 09:51 PM

    There are happy exceptions. I met a young guy today who is highly qualified in IT. Having specialized in Artificial Intelligence and landing a top job in USA, he has returned to Srilanka to serve his motherland and is currently heading an IT related faculty in a University close to Colombo. By the way, heartiest congratulations Dr. Sithamparanarhan on your singular achievement.

    Concerned Friday, 05 January 2024 05:32 AM

    Congratulations Dr. S.S. Proud of your achievement.

    Sangaralingham Friday, 05 January 2024 11:25 AM

    Olitical social system Ustinov change.allif not most sitting in the pariamentnot working for the land state its people.allpoliticiansmust serve their community and public before sitting in parliament. Politics only for people oringforthecountryits people


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