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ortrait details: Plaster bust, undated held by the Medical School; portrait in Roctor's office

Temistocles Zammit

Professor of Chemistry, Rector

Born: Valletta 30/09/1864, died: 02/11/1935. Education: Lyceum, University of Malta; specialised in bacteriology in London and Paris. Qualifications: M.D. [Malta, 1889].  Career: Government Health Service - 1890 appointed government analyst with the department of health. Government Civil Service - 1903 appointed curator and later (1924) director of the National Museum. University of Malta - 1897 appointed university examiner in physics; 1905-20 appointed Professor of Chemistry; 1920-1926 served as University Rector. Achievements: 1903 devised a method for the isolation of the Mediterranean Fever microbe from patients' blood; 1904 nominated Maltese representative on the Mediterranean Fever Commission and identified the goat as the primary source for the infection. He published as number of papers relating to medicine. He also was a co-founder of La Rivista Medica. In archaeology, Zammit was to carry out important excavations at Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and Tarxien Temples where he identified the Tarxien Cemetery phase datable to the Bronze Age. He wrote extensively (about 44 publications) about his findings at these sites and about other archaeological sites in Malta; besides publishing an overview of Maltese history "Malta - The Islands and their History" [A.C. Aquilina, Malta, 1926]. He also contributed to Maltese literature writing a series of short stories in Il-Malti often with folkloristic elements. He also wrote a geography book in Maltese entitled "Taghlim fuq id-Dinja", and a study about the sociological and geographical expansion of Sliema "Tas-Sliema u San Giljan" [Malta, 1930]. He served on a number of government boards and commissions. In 1911 was nominated Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; 1920 awarded the Mary Kingsley Medal; 1920 awarded a D.Litt. (hon. causa) from the University of Oxford; 1930 created Knight Bachelor by King George V.
References: C. Briffa, G. Lanfranco: Zammit, Temistocles. Maltese Biographies of the twentieth century (eds. M.J. Sciavone, L.J. Scerri). PIN, Malta, 1997, p.586-587; H.V. Wyatt: Sir Temistocles Zammit. His honours and an annotated bibliography of his medical work. Maltese Medical Journal, 2000, 12(1,2):p.27-30

Personal artifacts: Two certificates, two clinical bags and minor surgical instrument set belonging to Prof. Zammit


 
   
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