Solomon Bandaranaike was drawn to Oxford from an early age, reading stories about boys who studied at Oxford and then rose to great heights to become Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1956.
Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike was born in 1899 in Colombo, Ceylon. He was born into a wealthy and politically influential family, son of Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike who had been the Adviser to every British Governor of Ceylon since 1901. His father had entered his name at Christ Church College, one of the University’s most esteemed colleges, a decade before he actually came to Oxford in 1919.
Solomon Bandaranaike then rose to great heights to become Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1956.