Mr Padmasiri (Paddy) Ranasinghe                                                  Principal Petrographer

Paddy Ranasinghe initially obtained a B.Sc. degree majoring in organic chemistry from the University of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He then studied geology under a Colombo Plan scholarship and completed a B.Sc. Hons degree in geology at the University of Tasmania (Australia) before joining the Geological Survey of Sri Lanka. Paddy permanently migrated to Australia in 1984 and  he combined his knowledge of both organic chemistry and geology under the supervision of Professor Alan Cook at the University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia) and in 1984 he was awarded M.Sc. honours degree for his research thesis titled Crude Oil and Potential Source Rock Studies in the Eromanga Basin. After graduating, Paddy continued his association with Dr Alan Cook working with him extensively as an organic petrologist at  Keiraville Konsultants Pty Ltd. Paddy has worked continuously in the field of organic petrology, specialising in source rock studies. In 1995, Paddy completed a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science at Wollongong University (NSW, Australia).  Paddy Ranasinghe is long standing member of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Australian Computer Society (ACS)