POLITICIAN

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike

1899 - 1959

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Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (Sinhala: සොලොමන් වෙස්ට් රිජ්වේ ඩයස් බණ්ඩාරනායක, Tamil: சாலமன் வெஸ்ட் ரிட்ஜ்வே டயஸ் பண்டாரநாயக்கா; 8 January 1899 – 26 September 1959), often referred to by his initials as S. W. R. D. or S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and known by the Sri Lankan people as The Silver Bell Of Asia (ආසියාවේ රිදී සීනුව), was the fourth Prime Minister of the Dominion of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), serving from 1956 until his assassination in 1959. The founder of the left-wing and Sinhalese nationalist Sri Lanka Freedom Party, his tenure saw the country's first left-wing reforms. Born to a wealthy, political family, he studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike has received more than 337,208 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike is the 9,462nd most popular politician (down from 8,315th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Sri Lanka (down from 12th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Sri Lankan Politician.

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Among POLITICIANS

Among politicians, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ranks 9,462 out of 15,710Before him are Gaius Fulvius Plautianus, Sanjō Sanetomi, Alfonso Fróilaz, Kåre Willoch, Tufuga Efi, and Anwon of Goguryeo. After him are Alimardan Topchubashov, Leon Panetta, Lars Korvald, Titu Maiorescu, Ben Ferencz, and Imyremeshaw.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1899, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ranks 131Before him are Robert Casadesus, František Tomášek, Wilhelm Röpke, Joseph Guillemot, Li Lisan, and Qu Qiubai. After him are Pierre Victor Auger, Iskander Mirza, Charles Best, Sára Salkaházi, Justas Paleckis, and Johan Grøttumsbråten. Among people deceased in 1959, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ranks 73Before him are Enrique Guaita, The Big Bopper, Reuven Shiloah, Werner Krauss, Ki Hajar Dewantara, and José Vasconcelos. After him are Pietro Canonica, Ramón Fonst, Edmund Gwenn, Giovanni Pastrone, Eduard van Beinum, and Charles Vidor.

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In Sri Lanka

Among people born in Sri Lanka, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ranks 14 out of 39Before him are William Chester Minor (1834), Tony Hoare (1934), Anagarika Dharmapala (1864), Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945), Michael Ondaatje (1943), and Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945). After him are J. R. Jayewardene (1906), D. S. Senanayake (1883), John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher (1841), Gotabaya Rajapaksa (1949), M. G. Ramachandran (1917), and Maithripala Sirisena (1951).

Among POLITICIANS In Sri Lanka

Among politicians born in Sri Lanka, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ranks 4Before him are Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916), Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945), and Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945). After him are J. R. Jayewardene (1906), D. S. Senanayake (1883), Gotabaya Rajapaksa (1949), Maithripala Sirisena (1951), William Gopallawa (1896), Ranasinghe Premadasa (1924), Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (1933), and Dingiri Banda Wijetunga (1916).