Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970) was a Egyptian politician, prime minister (1954-1956) and from 1956 president of Egypt (the United Arab Republic 1958-1971).
In 1952 he was the driving power behind the Neguib coup, which ended the monarchy. His nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956 led to an Anglo-French invasion and the Suez Crisis, and his ambitions for an Egyptian-ted Arab union led to disquiet in the Middle East (and in the West).
Why is Gamal Abdel Nasser famous?
Gamal Abdel Nasser was the President of Egypt from 1956 until his death in 1970.