Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee

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Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee
HK Ruttonjee Hospital J H Ruttonjee CBE JP 1880-1960.jpg
Memorial plaque at Ruttonjee Hospital
Native name 律敦治
Born 30th October 1880
Bombay, India
Died 10th February 1960
Hong Kong
Nationality India
Education St Joseph's College
Occupation Businessman
Children Dhun Jehangir Ruttonjee
Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee
Traditional Chinese 律敦治
Yale Romanization Leuht Dēun jih
Jyutping Leot6 Deon1 zi6

Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee (1880–1960) (Chinese: 律敦治) was a Parsee in Hong Kong. He is famous for founding the Ruttonjee Sanatoriums and helped in the establishment of the Hong Kong Anti-Tuberculosis Association.


Ruttonjee was born in 1880 in Bombay to Hormusjee Ruttonjee and Dina Ruttonjee and came to Hong Kong in 1892 to join his father and business man.[1] Ruttonjee studied at St. Joseph's College on Hong Kong Island and joined his father's business after graduation. He founded a brewery in 1931 and sold it to San Miguel and opened another in 1948 in Sham Tseng. Ruttonjee lived just along the Castle Peak Road from Homi Villa, which he owned, and is now the Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre.

Ruttonjee donated a great deal of money to build Ruttonjee Sanatorium, now Ruttonjee Hospital, to fight against tuberculosis.

His concerns about an epidemic of tuberculosis in the 1940s, during the Japanese occupation, which claimed the life of his daughter in 1943,[2] led him to found the Hong Kong Anti-Tuberculosis Association (now the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association) in 1948.[3]

Ruttonjee died in 1960 in Hong Kong. His son, Dhun Jehangir Ruttonjee, who also carried on his philanthropic work, was a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in the 1960s.

See also[edit]

Besides Ruttonjee, Hong Kong was home to other Parsi diaspora:


  1. ^ Plague, SARS and the story of medicine in Hong Kong, Arthur E. Starling, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society, p 230
  2. ^ Prominent philanthropist died, South China Morning Post, 29 July 1974
  3. ^ History, Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association, Accessed 23 June 2007