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Portrait details: Painted by Esprit Barthet; commissioned by Dental Association of Malta and presented to Prof. Lapira in 1958; donated by the Lapira family to Faculty of Dental Surgery, 1991; formal presentation ceremony held on 3rd January 1993.

Egidio Lapira

Professor of Dentistry

Born:
Hamrun 16/02/1897; died: 08/12/1970. Education: Lyceum [1908-13] and University of Malta [1918-22]; postgraduate studies in dental surgery at Rome University.  Qualifications: Dip.D.S. (hon.) [Malta, 1922]; Dip.D.S. [Rome, 1934]; F.D.S. [R.C.S., Engl.., 1948]; F.D.S. [R.S.S., Edin., 1951]; F.I.C.D. [USA, 1959]; D.Sc. (hon. Causa) [Malta, 1954]. Career: Appointed as the first dental surgeon in Malta to teach at the general hospital [1925]; eventually appointed the first professor of dental surgery [1943] and first dean of the Faculty of Dentistry [1951-54] at the University of Malta. Served in several University Boards and Committees. Achievements: Lapira is considered "the father of dentistry" in Malta. He was a founder member of the Dental Association of Malta [1926] and a member of a number of international dental organisations, even serving as hon. vice-president of the International Congress of the Federation Dentaire Internationale in 1952 and 1957 and was an active member of the Education and Oral Hygiene Commissions of the F.D.I. [1934-56]. Served as a member of the Malta Medical Council [from 1959]. During World War I served in the Valletta Military Hospital [St. John Ambulance Association; during World War II attended oral casualties. He was awarded a D.Sc. honoris causa in 1954 by the University of Malta and the Order of the British Empire [O.B.E.] in 1959
References: 
Lapira, Professor Egidio. Malta Who’s Who 1965. A Biographical dictionary. Progress Press, Malta, 1965, p.152; Portraits at the Medical School. Maltese Medical Journal, 1993, V[1]:p.36; C. Savona-Ventura: Lapira, Egidio. Maltese biographies of the twentieth century [eds. M.J. Schiavone; L.J. Scerri]. PIN, Malta, 1997, p.364.

 
   
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