Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar B.A., M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. ( 1887 – 1974 ) was an Indian educationist and physician with notable international and academic roles.A.L.Mudaliar pursued his education from the prestigious Madras Christian College. He was the twin brother of Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar.
Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar was the longest serving Vice-Chancellor of Madras University ( for 27 years ) and principal of Madras Medical College. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Indian delegation to the First World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1948.
Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar was elected as the chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board in 1949 and 1950, was Vice-President of the Eighth World Health Assembly in 1955 and President of the Fourteenth World Health Assembly. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar Mudaliar Twins
The Mudaliar twins ( Ramaswami and Lakshmanaswami ) have many achievements in common. They obtained B.A. degree with Telugu as second language, at the Madras Christian College before going on to professional studies.
They both became known for their oratorical skills in English. They both were elected as members of the Madras Legislative Council. They were both awarded knighthood by the British government.
They both were awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Laws by the Oxford University. Both were vice-chancellors of universities, one of Madras University for 27 years, the other of Travancore University for eight years.
They both represented India very well in the international counsels such as the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the other at the World Health Organisation and UNESCO. They were both recognised by Independent India with the Padma Vibhushan.
Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar Textbooks
Clinical Obstetrics first edition 1938; later revised as Mudaliar and Menon, 10th edition, ISBN 81-250-2870-6.