Vernon Cooray Received his B.Sc. special degree in Physics with first class honors from the University of Colombo Sri Lanka in 1975 and the Ph.D. degree in Electricity with special attention to electrical transients and electrical discharges from Uppsala University , Sweden , in 1982.
In the year 2000, he was promoted to the rank of full professor in electricity with special attention to transients and electrical discharges at the division for electricity and lightning research of Uppsala University. Vernon Cooray has authored and co-authored more than 175 scientific papers in Physics of Lightning and Electrical Discharges, Lightning Interaction and Electromagnetic Compatibility. He is the editor of two books, The Lightning Flash, published by IEE (London) in 2003, and Lightning Protection to be published by IEE (London) in 2006. Vernon Cooray is the author of a popular book on lightning in Swedish " Blixt och Åska så fungerar naturens fyrverkeri ", published by Halgran & Fallgren in 2003. Vernon Cooray is also the series editor of the book series on lightning to be published by Elsevier Publishers.
Vernon Cooray is a member of CIGRE Working Group 33.01 on "Lightning", CIGRE Task Force 33.01.01 "Lightning-induced over voltages", and co-chairs the CIGRE Task Force 33.01.03 "Lightning interception". He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection.