Chan Htoon

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Thado Maha Thray Sithu[1]
Chan Htoon
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Native name ချန်ထွန်း
Born (1906-04-23)23 April 1906[2]
Died 16 May 1988(1988-05-16) (aged 82)[2]
Nationality Burmese
Alma mater Ananda College
University College, Rangoon
Occupation Lawyer, Judge
Known for Architect of the 1947 Constitution of Burma
Spouse(s) Khin Khin Thein
Children 8 children:
Ye Htoon

Justice Chan Htoon (ချန်ထွန်း, pronounced: [tɕʰáɴ tʰʊ́ɴ]; 23 April 1906 – 16 May 1988) was Attorney General and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Burma, and the architect of the first constitution of Burma in 1947. He was educated at Ananda College in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where he passed matriculation in 1928.[1] Afterward, he studied at the University College, Rangoon and became a lawyer in 1931, after he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple.[1] Chan Htoon served as the President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists from 1958 to 1963. He was imprisoned from 1963 to 1967 by the Burmese military government. After his release he devoted the rest of his life to Buddhism including supporting the task of translating Pali texts into English.

He was married to Khin Khin Thein and had several children (eight children), including Ye Htoon.


  1. ^ a b c Robert H. Taylor, ed. (2008). Dr. Maung Maung: Gentleman, Scholar, Patriot. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 110–117. ISBN 9789812304094. 
  2. ^ a b Maung Maung 2008: 568

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