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Albert Jamel Boutros

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1934
  • Age: 89
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Albert Jamil Boutros (born March 25, 1934 - died August 31, 2021) was a retired Jordanian academic and ambassador. Albert has been a professor of English literature at the University of Jordan since the sixties of the last century, and he is also the founder of the Department of English Language and Literature at the university, which he founded in 1963. Albert assumed the presidency of the Royal Scientific Society for eight years from 1976-1984, and he was the ambassador of Jordan to the United Kingdom between the years 1987-1991. In addition to his political and diplomatic work, Albert held the position of Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Jordan. He also held the deanship of several colleges at the university, including the College of Arts, the College of Research, and the College of Graduate Studies. In 2004, he was honored with the title of Honorary Professor by the department.

Albert was famous in the field of literature and translation, as he translated many writings of Middle English literature and the literary works of Geoffrey Chaucer in particular, including: The Duchess, House of Fame, Parliament of Birds, Boyce, Troilus and Cressida, Biography of the Good Ladies, Annaleda and Oreste, Treatise on the Astrolabe and The Canterbury Tales. He focused on his book on the Canterbury Tales because of its clear influence on the arts of European literature.

personal life
Albert was born into a Roman Catholic family in Jerusalem in 1934. Dr. married Ida Maria (Cassie) Albina, and his wife died in 2018. Ida had four children. Albert has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Professional life

During his career, Boutros visited universities and research centers in: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Kuwait, Sudan, Morocco, Algeria, Qatar, Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Iceland.

Albert taught primary and secondary school English and mathematics in two private schools in Amman from 1950 to 1955, and from 1955 to 1958 Albert was awarded a British Council Scholarship to England by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. Albert then worked at the Teachers College in Amman, where he taught in the field of English language studies from 1958 to 1960, and from 1960 to 1963, he received a Smith Mundt Scholarship from the Jordanian Ministry of Education in the United States.

his academic work
Albert began teaching at universities from 1961, lecturing in English Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York, and from 1962 to 1963, he taught English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

In 1963, he was appointed as a teacher at the University of Jordan. From 1963 to 1965, Albert held the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and from 1965 he became an Associate Professor until 1967. He headed the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Jordan from 1964 to 1967. He obtained the rank of Professor in 1967 from Department of English until 1979. Served as chair of the Department of English Language and Literature again from 1974 to 1976. From July 19 to September 2, 1969, he was awarded the Leaders Scholarship to the United States. From 1971 to 1972, he was Visiting Professor of English at Wesleyan University in Ohio, and from February 26, 1973 to June 12, 1976, he was Dean of the School of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Jordan. Between 1995 and 1996, he was a visiting professor of English at the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Jordan.

his political work
He served as Director General/President of the Royal Scientific Society in Oman from 1976 to 1984, and was Special Adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah II between 1984 and 1985. From 1987 to 1991 he was Ambassador to London with simultaneous non-resident diplomatic accreditation 1988 in Dublin (Ireland), and 1990 in Reykjavík (Iceland).


Achievements and Awards

Italy 1983: ITA OMRI 2001 Cav BAR.svg Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italy.
Canada 1983-1984: Senior Research Fellowship: International Development Research Center in Ottawa, Canada.
1986: Fellow of the International Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jordan 1987: Order of Independence Jordan.svg Order of Independence, First Class, Jordan.
United Kingdom 1991: Knight of the Eye Hospital, United Kingdom.



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