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Themistocles Zammit

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Sir Themistocles "Temi" Zammit or Żammit; September 30, 1864 – November 2, 1935 was a Maltese archaeologist and historian, professor of chemistry, medical doctor, researcher and writer, serving as Rector 1920–26 of the Royal University of Malta and first Director of the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta1


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Legacy
  • 3 References
  • 4 Further reading


After graduating in medicine from the University of Malta, Zammit specialised in bacteriology in London and Paris His 1905 discovery of contaminated milk as the vector for transmission to humans of Brucellosis melitensis present in the blood of the goat greatly contributed to the elimination from the islands of undulant fever, earning him the knighthood2

Author of several literary works in the Maltese language, Temi Zammit was conferred the DLitt Honoris Causa by Oxford University He was knighted in 1930, having previously been admitted as a Companion to the Order of St Michael and St George He also published a history of the Maltese islands and excavated important archaeological sites, such as the Hypogeum and the megalithic Tarxien Temples, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which have since been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Zammit's scientific approach to archaeology further enhanced his international reputation A permanent display of some of his findings may be viewed at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta

The main Assembly Hall of the University of Malta was named after him He also appears on a commemorative 1973 Maltese pound coin

Zammit has signed most of his works with his initials T Z3


  1. ^ Rudolf, Uwe Jens; Berg, Warren G 2010 Historical Dictionary of Malta Scarecrow Press p 242 ISBN 9780810873902 
  2. ^ Haas, LF April 2001 "Sir David Bruce 1855-1931 and Thermistocles Zammit 1864-1935" PDF J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatr 70: 520 PMC 1737312  PMID 11254779 doi:101136/jnnp704520 
  3. ^ p 110

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  • Sir Themistocles Temi Zammit
  • Haas, L F 2001 "Sir David Bruce 1855-1931 and Thermistocles Zammit 1864-1935" Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 70 4: 520 PMC 1737312  PMID 11254779 doi:101136/jnnp704520 

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