Dr. Radin Fernando was born in Sri Lanka and began his career as a lecturer in history at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, in 1972. He did his graduate studies in the field of economic history of Indonesia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and received his Ph.D. in history from Monash University, Australia, in 1983.
From 1980 to 1995, Dr Fernando was a member of the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University, Australia. He was associate professor in history in the School of Humanities at the University of Science in Penang, Malaysia from 1995 to 2001. Since early 2002, Dr Fernando is senior fellow in the Academic Group of Humanities and Social Studies Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr Fernando has conducted extensive research on various aspects of economic and social history of Indonesia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the last decade, Dr Fernando has focused his attention on trade and traders in the Malay Archipelago in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is currently writing a book on the subject based on a comprehensive analysis of the harbour-master�s records of Melaka.