Pathmanaba Iyer is the Chairperson, Patron and a founding director of Noolaham Foundation. He contributes substantially towards the Foundation's outreach work, in locating source materials, and in raising funds.
Pathmanaba Iyer was born in 1941 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He graduated in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has worked as a Divisional Officer in the Land Commissioner’s Department from 1972 to end of 1989 when he left for the United Kingdom.
He pioneered Sri Lankan Tamil digitization efforts in collaboration with Project Madurai in 1999. He is a well known publisher and founded and operates Tamiliyal Publications. His contribution to the Sri Lankan Tamil Literature spans more than four decades. Pathmanaba Iyer was instrumental in bringing creative works with diverse point of views to the fore. In 2004, he was awarded with Iyal Viruthu, an award organized by the South Asia Studies Centre of the University of Toronto and Tamil Literary Garden, for his lifetime achievements.