Hassan Suhrawardy

Hassan Suhrawardy

Hassan Suhrawardy

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Lt. Col. Dr. Hassan Suhrawardy (1884- 18 September 1946). D.Sc. M.D., D.P.H., F.R.C.S., was a noted surgeon, politician and public servant in India.

Life and family

Suhrawardy was married to Sahibzada Shahbanu Begum and had one son and one daughter; Hassan Masud Suhrawardy (1903 – 1963) and Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. He is the grandfather of Salma Sobhan, Naz Ikramullah and Princess Sarvath of Jordan.


Suhrawardy was the First Muslim Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University (1930-1934) and the second Muslim from the sub-continent to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 1945 he was appointed Professor of Islamic History and Culture in Calcutta University while retaining the chair of Public Health and Hygiene, which he had held since 1931.

He served as an adviser to the Simon Commission and was a member of the Bengal Legislative Council of which he was Deputy President from 1923 to 1925. As Chief Medical and Health Officer of the East Indian Railway he founded the railway's ambulance and nursing division.

Suhrawardy also played a role towards the establishment of the East London Mosque.


It was while he was Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine that he received his knighthood immediately after he had saved the life of Sir Stanley Jackson from an attempt by Bina Das, a female student who attempted to shoot Jackson in the Senate House of the University of Calcutta in February, 1932. His distinguished career in...
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