Gayanath Fernando obtained his B.S. degree in mathematics (with first-class honors) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. He has worked on electronic structure problems in condensed matter for over 20 years. Recently, he has published a book on metallic multilayers, which focuses on the theory, experiments, and applications related to multilayered systems such as those used in the (Nobel prize winning) giant magnetoresistance effect-based, magnetic sensors. Early in his career, he won the Andrew Mellon Fellowship and more recently an SL presidential was awarded to him for research carried out in SL. He has been a Guest Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, since 1992. Dr. Fernando has worked on a wide variety of problems in theoretical condensed matter developing and applying accurate techniques to study electronic and magnetic structure, including the stability of crystal structures, elastic properties, cohesion, alloy phase diagrams, magnetism in transition metals and compounds, self-diffusion in liquid metals, spintronics, and (Hubbard) nanoclusters. At the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA, he has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses over the past 15 years, including elementary physics, mathematical methods, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, solid state physics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and many-body theory. In addition, he has supervised several Ph.D. and M.S. students and given popular (physics) lectures to high school students.
Biography Updated on 19 April 2008