Born in Nablus in 1911, Qadri Tuqan received a BA in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut in 1929.
He worked as a teacher in Nablus, was active in the Palestinian national movement and later arrested by the British authorities for his political activism. He co-founded An-Najah College in Nablus and served as the head of its administration until 1950. He was elected as a member of the Jordanian parliament representing Nablus from 1951-55. He then became an executive committee member of the National Conference, which demanded the return of the Nablusi government in 1957.
Tuqan was later elected as a member of the Arab Scientific Forums in Damascus and Cairo in 1961. In 1964 he was appointed Jordanian FM and then continued his studies and earned a PhD in Law from Punjab University in Pakistan in 1967. He was a member of several Arab and international scientific societies, including: The Arab Scientific Gathering in Damascus, the Mediterranean Scientific Gathering in Italy, the Arab Scientific Council in Cairo, and the Mathematical Sciences Societies in England and the US. He served as a Board of Trustees member of the University of Jordan and the Atomic Scientific Arab Committee.
Tuqan was Chairman of the Jordanian Society for Sciences and was a renowned philosopher and author of numerous books, including Ab’ad An-Nakbah (After the Catastrophe, 1950), recalling the past glories and contributions to world civilization of Arabs in an attempt to restore confidence in their nations. Other works include: Scientific Arab literature, Science and the Arabs and The Arab Mindset. He was awarded the first Grade Republican Medal by the Egyptian president, Gamal Abdul Nasser.
Tuqan died during a visit to Beirut in February 1971 and was buried in Nablus.