His name is Lal Ariyaratna Pinnaduwage. He loved physics from the school days and became a physicist. He was a Senior Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Research Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2004. Since retiring in 2009 at age 55, he has been on a quest.
He is considered an advocate of worshipping the dogs; see "The Critical Link Between “San” and Worshipping the Dogs".
What a shame!