Abdel Salam Majali

Abdel Salam Majali

Prime Minister of Jordan 1993-1995 and 1997-1998

Date and place of birth:

18 February 1925 in Karak, Jordan.


He received his MD from the Medical College, Syrian University, Damascus, in 1949; Diploma of Laryngology and Otology, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, London, 1953; Fellowship, American College of Surgeons, 1960; “Doctor Honoris Causa,” Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 1974; “Honorary Professorship,” L.N.Gumilev, Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2012, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London, 1986. He was a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (1986) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (1985).

Professional experience and political career:

He was ENT Consultant and Director General, the Royal Medical Services, Jordan Armed Forces, Amman, 1960-1969; Minister of Health of Jordan, 1969-1971; President of the University of Jordan, Amman, 1971-1976 and 1980-1989; Minister of Education, 1976-1979; Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs, 1970-1971 and 1976-1979.

He was a Professor of Medicine, University of Jordan, from 1973.

He was Chairman, University Council, United Nations University, Tokyo (Japan), 1977-1982; Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, 1985-1990.

Dr. Majali was appointed advisor to HM the late King of Jordan during the late eighties. He served as Prime Minister of Jordan for two terms during the 1990s, 1993-1995 and 1997-1998.

Dr. Abdel Salam Majali received Jordan’s highest decorations as well as decorations from most Arab and European countries.

Dr Majali was the Chairman of the World Affairs Council (Jordan), and President Emeritus of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS).


He was married to the late Joan-Mary Loughlin (d. 2021). They had three children.

Dr Majali passed away at his home in Amman (Jordan) on January 3, 2023, at the age of 97.