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Oxford Honours Asha de Vos

Internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan, Marine Biologist Dr. Asha de Vos will be the first Sri Lankan to have her portrait hung at Oxford’s Lincoln College 15th Century Hall.

Dr. de Vos, whose work in Marine Biology and Blue Whale Research within the Northern Indian Ocean has gained immense recognition over the last couple of years.

Asha de VosDr. de Vos had updated the following on her facebook status on Sunday “In 2020 my college, Lincoln, will celebrate 40 years of admitting women. To celebrate they will hang the portraits of 20 female alumnae in our 15th Century Hall for the year. These are aimed to inspire current students and future applicants. A jury had the tough task of picking the 20 faces that best portrayed the women that have passed through over the 4 decades. I am so excited to say that I am one of them – making me the first Sri Lankan woman to have her portrait anywhere in the University!”

The Sri Lankan Marine Biologist was also selected as one of the award winners of ‘BBC’s 100 Women Award’ in 2018. Apart from the above accomplishment she is also a Senior TED Fellow and also a “Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.”

“I only spent 1 year in Oxford but it shows that the time I spent there is not all that counts. My over-arching journey to date is what will inspire others to dream and believe… My name means ‘Hope’ and I want to continue to be that, not just for our oceans and planet but also for my country. Because I’m grateful for the privilege to be Sri Lankan and to call this island Home,” she commented in her Facebook post.

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