Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera, OBE, JP (8 November
1899 – 23 April 1973) was a Sri Lankan academic, scholar and
diplomat best known for his Malalasekara English-Sinhala
Dictionary. He was the Ceylon's first Ambassador to the Soviet
Union, Ceylon's High Commissioner to Canada, the United Kingdom and
Ceylon's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
He was the Professor Emeritus in Pali and Dean of the Faculty of
Oriental Studies (see