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Tawfiq Canaan

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1882
  • Age: 135
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Tawfiq Canaan "born in Beit Jala on September 24, 1882" was a pioneering physician, medical researcher, ethnographer, and Palestinian nationalist.

Born in Beit Jala during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, he served as a medical officer in the Ottoman army during World War I.

During British rule, he served as the first President of the Palestine Arab Medical Association founded in 1944, and as the director of several Jerusalem area hospitals before, during, and after the 1948 war.

Over the course of his medical career, he authored more than thirty-seven studies on topics including tropical medicine, bacteriology, malaria, tuberculosis, and health conditions in Palestine, and contributed to research that led to a cure for leprosy.


Achievements and Awards

  • Order of the Red Crescent (in World War).
  • Iron Cross of (1914).
  • Holy Sepulchre Cross with a red ribbon, awarded by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch (1951).
  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1951).

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