Gamal Abdel Nasser
Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
by Dr. Abdel H. Ragab
Gamal Abdel Nasser President Gamal Abdel Nasser was born on the fifteenth of January 1918 in Bacoose district of Alexandria. Abdel Nasser participated for the first time of his life in a demonstration against the English occupants when he was 12 years old, as a pupil in the third year primary in Alexandria. He was struck on his head by a policeman.
He obtained his baccalaureate (secondary school certificate) in 1936 from El Nahda Secondary School in Cairo. In 1936, he submitted to join the Military College, but he was rejected twice because he was the son of a peasant, with no social recommendations. In 1937, he again attempted to join the Military College, and this time he was accepted.Abdel Nasser graduated from the Military College in July 1938 and joined the infantry corps as a second lieutenant. Then he joined the fifthe squadron at Mankabad in southern Egypt. Afterwards, he traveled to the Sudan.
In 1944, Nasser married Tahia Kazem, the daughter of a comfortably situated merchant of Iranian origin. Shy and retiring she took little part in public life during her husband's presidency.In 1948, the battle for Palestine began. The enemy besieged the Egyptian troops for sixty days. Abdel Nasser effected a counter attack against the enemy.
During this period he got acquainted with a group of officers and constituted the Free Officers who issued their first circular in November 1949.On July 23rd the revolution of the Free Officers broke out under the leadership of Abdel Nasser with Mohammad Nageeb as the titular head.
"I am always proud that I am one of the villagers of Beni Mor (a village in the poor section of southern Egypt, where his father and family were born). I take greater pride in being a member of a poor family of Beni Mor. I declare that the record, that Gamal Abdel Nasser was brought up in a poor family. I pledge that Gamal Abdel Nasser will remain poor in this country till his death."
Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956)
Accomplishments of President Nasser (1954-1970)
1) He restored pride, dignity and self respect to the Egyptian people.
2) He united the Arab world, like no other leader.
3) He rid Egypt of an incompetent monarch (King Farouk).
4) He rid Egypt of the British occupation that had lasted for 72 years
5) With the help of the Soviet Union, the High Dam was built in Aswan.
6) He made great effort to promote social justice for the Egyptian people,
especially the poor classes (land reforms).
7) He promoted the liberation of people from colonialism, especially in
8) He promoted the industrialization of Egypt.
Last Updated: August 8th, 2011