W. L. Jeyasingham

William Luther Jeyasingham (7 January 1916 – December 1989) was a Sri Lankan Tamil teacher, geographer, academic and dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.

W. L. Jeyasingham
Born(1916-01-07)7 January 1916
DiedDecember 1989
EducationSt. Patrick's College, Jaffna
St. Joseph's College, Colombo
University of Ceylon
Clark University
TitleDean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna
TermDecember 1978 – January 1979
PredecessorK. Kailasanatha Kurukkal & S. Gamalath
SuccessorS. Rajaratnam

Early life and familyEdit

Jeyasingham was born on 7 January 1916.[1] He was educated at St. Patrick's College, Jaffna and St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[1] He passed the Cambridge Seniors exam with honours and matriculated in 1933.[1] After school he joined the University of Ceylon, graduating in 1939 with a degree in mathematics and geography.[1]

Jeyasingham married Sarah Pushpam Mills.[1] They had four sons and a daughter.[1]


Jeyasingham joined Jaffna College as a teacher in 1940.[1] He then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Clark University from where he received a MA degree in 1951 after producing a thesis tiled The Kalutara District, with Special Reference to Settlements.[2] He received a Phd from the university in 1958 after producing a thesis tiled The Geography of Jaffna Town.[1][2]

Jeyasingham then returned to Jaffna College, serving as head of the social services department and president of the college (1965–74).[1]

Jeyasingham was later an associate professor and head of the department of geography at the University of Jaffna.[1] He was dean of the Faculty of Arts at the university from December 1978 to January 1979.[3]

Later lifeEdit

Jeyasingham moved to the United States in 1984.[1] He died in December 1989.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 63.
  2. ^ a b "Guy Burnham Index" (PDF). Clark University.
  3. ^ "Former Deans". Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013.