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Páll Gíslason
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Born(1924-10-03)3 October 1924
Vífilsstaðir, Kingdom of Iceland
Died1 January 2003(2003-01-01) (aged 78)
Reykjavík, Iceland
OccupationMedical practitioner
Known forChief Scout of the Bandalag íslenskra skáta

Páll Gíslason (3 October 1924 – 1 January 2004) was an Icelandic medical practitioner in Reykjavik and a pioneer in vascular surgery in Iceland.[1][2] Outside of his medical career, he served as the Chief Scout of the Bandalag íslenskra skáta, the Icelandic Scout association, from 1971 to 1981 and a city councilman in Reykjavík for for 24 years.[3]

Early life[edit]

Páll was born in Vífilsstaðir in Garðahreppur on 3 October 1924 but grew up in Eskifjörður, Hafnarfjörður and Reykjavík. His parents where Gísli Pálsson, a doctor, and Svana Jónsdóttir.[1]


Páll became a Scout at the age of 12 in 1936, and led his national association in the 1950s. He led Iceland's delegation of 23 young people to the 6th World Scout Jamboree in 1947. The story is told that as he was looking for land in eastern Iceland to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Scouts of Iceland in 1962, he exclaimed that he did not know anyone on that side the island, "because farmers are never sick!", however when a farmer needed his care, he allowed Páll to use his land for the celebration.

In 1981, Páll was awarded the 144th Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.[4]

Political career[edit]

Páll served in the Akranes city council from 1962 to 1970[5] and later in the Reykjavík City Council from 1974 to 1998. He was the council president from end of December 1984[6] to middle of 1985.[3]


In 2010, Páll authored the book Læknir í blíðu og stríðu with Hávar Sigurjónsson which focused on his life and career.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Merkir Íslendingar - Páll Gíslason". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 3 October 2014. p. 35. Retrieved 17 August 2019.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. "Læknir, stjórnmálamaður og skátahöfðingi. Viðtal við Pál Gíslason". The Icelandic Medical Journal (in Icelandic). 15 January 2009. pp. 52–59. Retrieved 17 August 2019.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Andlát: Páll Gíslason". Morgunblaðið. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. "Bronze Wolf complete list". Archived from the original on 2016-10-07.
  5. "Sameinumst um að verja Reykjavík óstjórn vinstri manna". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 19 May 1974. p. 1. Retrieved 17 August 2019.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  6. "Lít fyrst og fremst á mig sem lækni". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 29 December 1984. p. 2. Retrieved 17 August 2019.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  7. Kolbrún Bergþórsdóttir (26 April 2010). "Góð og gjöful ævi". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). p. 23. Retrieved 17 August 2019.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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Others articles of the Topic Scouting : Friends Committee on Scouting, Heathen Scouting and Guiding, Toshio Yamanaka
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