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Prof. A.L. Basham

Prof. A.L. Basham, the founder president of the International Association for the study of Traditional Asian Medicine, organized the 1st Asian Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine (ACTAM) at Australia National University, Canberra, Australia in Spetember 1979. Prof. Basham inaugurated the meeting on 31st January 1980, organized at Bombay by Dr. C.L. Jhaveri and Dr. K.M. Parikh to start the Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine.
Prof. Basham, the most famous Indologist and author of several books on Indian history and culture was particularly known for his Volume “The wonder that was India”. Born in Laughton, Essex, England, Basham stayed in India during his childhood with father who was an Indian Army Officer, during the British rule. After tenure as, professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, till 1965, he went to Australian National University at Canberra. After retirement, he was a Visiting Professor at several Universities in Britain, United States, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He has been with Swami Vivekanand, Professor in Oriental Studies at the Asiatic Society in Calcutta. He was awarded the highest Award of the Vishwa Bharti University in Shantiniketan.

An award in the name of Professor Basham was instituted by Prof. Paul U. Unschuld, during his tenure as president of IASTAM. It is awarded in recognition of special contributions made by IASTAM members to promoting the goals of the organisation.

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