Hakim Abdul Hameed
Born14 September 1908
Delhi, India
Died22 July 1999
Occupation(s)Educationist, Unani Physician
Known forUnani medicine and education
AwardsPadma Shri
Padma Bhushan

Hakim Abdul Hameed (Urdu: حکیم عبدالحمید; 1908 - 1999) was an Indian physician of the traditional medicine system of Unani, the founder chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, and a former chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.[1][2] His ancestors came from Kashgar (now Kashi, Xinjiang, China) to the Indian subcontinent, in the reign of the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam.[3] He was the founder and chief trustee of Hamdard Laboratories.[1] He was honoured by the Government of India in 1965, with the award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award[4] and in 1992, the government awarded him the third highest Indian honour of Padma Bhushan.[5][6] He was the elder brother of the Hakeem Muhammad Saeed.


He established Hamdard Public School, New Delhi in 1993. He was instrumental in establishing several academic institutions like Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard National Foundation, Hamdard Education Society, Hamdard Study Circle, Hamdard Public School, Hamdard Institute of Historical Research, Ghalib Academy, Centre for South Asian Studies, and Business and Employment Bureau. [7] To continue his philanthropic work he established Hamdard Charitable Trust in 1948 and Hamdard National Foundation in 1964. He was a Unani Physician who established Majeedia Hospital. It is now known as HAH Centenary Hospital (Modern Medicine) and Majeedia Hospital (Unani) [8]

Portrait of Hakeem Abdul Hameed


Hakeem Abdul Hameed was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. [5] He was awarded the Avicenna award in 1983. In 2000 he was awarded the IRCICA Award for Patronage in Preservation of Cultural Heritage & Promotion of Scholarship by Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) Istanbul, Turkey. [7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Aligarh Movement". Aligarh Movement. 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Hamdard". Hamdard. 2015. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Leadership & Business Wisdom". Pakistan & Gulf Economist. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Two Circles". Two Circles. 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ S. P. Agrawal (1993). Development Digression Diary Of India. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788170223054. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Jamia Hamdard". jamiahamdard.edu. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Hamdard | The Founder". Retrieved 1 May 2022.