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Biographical entry Singha, Hiran Sirikantha Kirthi (1927 - 2007)

FRCS 1955; MB BChir Cambridge 1951; MChir 1963; FRCS Edinburgh 1955.

14 February 1927
Moratuwa, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
1 October 2007
London, UK
General surgeon


Sri Singha was professor of surgery in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was born on 14 February 1927, in Moratuwa, in what was then Ceylon, the son of A C Fernando, a doctor from Colombo, whose name he bore when he arrived in the UK. He was educated at St Thomas's College and the Royal College, Colombo, where he passed the London matriculation examination. He travelled to England and went to Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge, before going to the London Hospital. Many in his year group were ex-servicemen. He changed his name by deed poll to Singha in 1947.

After qualifying, he was a house surgeon to the orthopaedic firm of Watson-Jones, Osmond Clarke and Scotty Law at the London Hospital, did three months in the receiving room and then spent two years as a registrar in associated hospitals, including the Devon and Cornwall Hospital in Plymouth under Mike Reilly. He then returned to the London as a junior registrar to surgical outpatients.

He then went to Ceylon, as a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Ceylon and honorary consultant surgeon to the Peradeniya General Hospital in Kandy, being promoted to founding professor in 1965. He published on surgical aspects of amoebiasis and ascariasis.

He eventually left Sri Lanka and returned to England, where he became a GP in Southampton.

He was married twice: firstly to a German woman, by whom he had two sons, and secondly to Chrisanti, a Sri Lankan. He died peacefully at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 1 October 2007.

John Blandy

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Chrisanti Kirthisingha; The Sidney Sussex College Annual 2008, 157-8; BMJ 1965 2 1009].

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