A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar

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A. Lakshmanaswami
Born14 October 1887
Died15 April 1974 (aged 86)[1]
Madras, India
Alma materMadras Christian College
RelativesSir Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar (brother)
AwardsPadma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan
Statue of Lakshmanaswami in the Senate House, University of Madras

Diwan Bahadur Sir Arcot Lakshmanaswami , FRCOG, FACS (14 October 1887 – 15 April 1974) was an Indian educationist and physician. He was the identical younger twin brother of Sir Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar. Initial education was in Kurnool and they moved to Chennai in 1903.[2]

He pursued his education from the prestigious Madras Christian College. He later went on to become the longest serving Vice-Chancellor of Madras University[3] (for 27 years) and principal of Madras Medical College. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Indian delegation to the First World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1948. He was elected as the chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board in 1949 and 1950, was Vice-President of the Eighth World Health Assembly in 1955 and President of the Fourteenth World Health Assembly.[4]

Awards & Honors[edit]


  • Clinical Obstetrics first edition 1938; later revised as Mudaliar and Menon, 10th edition, ISBN 81-250-2870-6


  1. ^ Indian Journal of Medical Education. The Association. 1974. p. 84. Retrieved 18 April 2019. Sir Arcot, a distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologist, an international public health worker, an outstanding medical statesman and an internationally recognised medical educationist passed away on 15th April, 1974, at Madras...
  2. ^ "The twin stars of Arcot". The Hindu. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ "The Vice Chancellors". University of Madras.
  4. ^ http://www.unom.ac.in/uploads/press/almudhaliar_20120124133534_32489.pdf
  5. ^ London Gazette, 1 January 1945
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "List of Past General Presidents". Indian Science Congress Association. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  • S. Muthiah, Achievements in double The Hindu, 13 October 2003 accessed at [1] 3 August 2006
  • The Second Decade, 50 years of WHO in SE Asia, accessed at [2] 3 August 2006
  • Dr. Vedagiri Shanmugasundaram, Life and Times of the Great Twins: Dr. Sir. A. Ramasamy and Dr. Sir. A. Lakshmanasamy, The Modern Rationalist, November 2004, accessed at [3] 3 August 2006
  • Bio details from honorary degree at Hong Kong University [4]
  • Bio details from honorary doctorate of civil laws degree at Oxford University