Asha De Vos alongside Giant Blue Whales …. off Mirissa

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Nationality: Sri Lankan…. Education: University of St. AndrewsUniversity of OxfordUniversity of Western Australia… 

Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the northern Indian Ocean. She is known for her Blue Whale Project. She is a Senior TED Fellow[1] and was chosen for a BBC 100 Women award in 2018.

De Vos’s primary education was at Ladies’ College, Colombo and after completing her primary education, she moved to Scotland for her undergraduate studies in marine and environmental biology at the University of St. Andrews. She went on to gain her masters in integrative bio-sciences at the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Western Australia.[3] De Vos is the first and only Sri Lankan to gain a PhD in marine mammal research.

De Vos is a TED Senior Fellow, a Duke University Global Fellow in Marine Conservation and has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2013, she received the President’s Award for Scientific Publications.[7] In 2018, she received the WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Sea Award.[8] On 26 May 2018, she was awarded the Golden alumni award in the Professional Achievement category at the first edition of the British Council Golden Alumni awards.[9] Later in the year she joined the BBC 100 Women list.

A NOTE: The account above is taken from Wikipedia …

Asha’s father Ashley de Vos is a product of S. Thomas’s College Mount Lavinia and a reputed architect in  Sri Lanka who has participated extensively in heritage nd conservation projects, serves as an office-bearer at the SL branch of the Royal Asiatic Society; and is not hesitant in taking on the Western imperial interventions in the Indian Ocean — interventions which contrast with those of the blue whales. SEE Ashley De Vos 2018  “Diego Garcia and the Fate of Its Indigenized Chagossian People,” 17 October 2018,…/diego-garcia-and-the-fate…/…. AND ….. “America’s Looming Interference and Dominance in Sri Lanka,” 2 February 2019,

Ironic this: Father and Daughter face huge ‘powers’ in contrasting ways.


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