Solomon West Ridgeway Dias (1899-1959)
Sri Lankan nationalist politician. In 1952 he founded the Sri Lanka Freedom party and in 1956 became prime minister, pledged to a socialist program and a neutral foreign policy. He failed to satisfy extremists and was assassinated by a Buddhist monk.
(born Ratwatte) (1916-)
Sri Lankan politician who succeeded her husband Solomon Bandaranaike to become the world's first female prime minister, 1960–65 and 1970–77, but was expelled from parliament 1980 for abuse of her powers while in office.