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Adnan Badran
عدنان بدران
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Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
6 April 2005 – 27 November 2005
Monarch Abdullah II
Preceded by Faisal al-Fayez
Succeeded by Marouf al-Bakhit
Personal details
Born (1935-12-15) 15 December 1935 (age 88)
Jerash, Transjordan, British Empire
Political party Independent
Spouse Maha Badran
Profession Biologist

Adnan Badran (Arabic: عدنان بدران) (born 15 December 1935) is a Jordanian politician and academic of Palestinian descent. He was the 35th Prime Minister of Jordan from 6 April 2005 to 27 November 2005.

Early life and education

Badran was born in Jerash, Jordan (then located in the Emirate of Transjordan, a part of the British Empire) on 15 December 1935 to Palestinian parents. His father was from Nablus in Palestine. He received his bachelor of science from Oklahoma State University (1959) and his MS and PhD degrees from Michigan State University (1963). Badran's brother, Mudar Badran, was a politician in Jordan and served as prime minister several times.

Professor and politics

In 1987, Badran was appointed first Secretary General of the country's Higher Council for Science and Technology, the president of which is Prince Hassan.

He was agriculture minister and education minister briefly during the late 1980s. During the 1990s he became president of the Arab Academy of Sciences and the Philadelphia University of Jordan, positions that he still holds. From 1994 to 1998, he was deputy director of UNESCO.

Badran was appointed prime minister on 7 April 2005 by King Abdullah II as part of a new government which was to be more reformist than previous governments. Badran also became defense minister in the new government. After seven months, however, he and his government resigned over the slow progress of reforms and the frustration caused by the hotel bombings in Amman on 9 November 2005.

Badran was the president of Petra University. In September 2014, he became Chancellor at the university. He was the president of Yarmouk University. Badran is a Fellow and former Vice-President of The World Academy of Sciences. In July 2009, Badran with Moneef R. Zou'bi published the UNESCO Science Report 2010 on the Arab States. Badran was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Sungkyunkwan University (1981), Michigan State University (2007), and Yarmouk University (2014). He is the author of 120 publications, including 22 books, and holds 4 patents.

Personal life

Badran resides in Dabouq. He has six children and seven grandchildren. On 1 April 2019, Badran's wife, Maha, died after a long illness at age 67.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Adnan Badran para niños

  • List of prime ministers of Jordan
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