Nasser, Gamal Abdel
born Jan. 15, 1918, Alexandria, Egypt-died Sept. 28, 1970, Cairo) Egyptian army officer who was prime minister (1954-56) and president (1956-70) of Egypt. In his youth, he took part in anti-British demonstrations. As an army officer, he led a coup that deposed the royal family (1952) and installed Gen. Muḥammad Naguib as head of state. In 1954 he deposed Naguib and made himself prime minister.