He was awarded Padmabhushan in 2007 by the Government of India for his contribution to education and literature. He made his first profession on 24 November 1933 and was ordained as a priest on 30 May 1942. He entered the field of teaching in the Upper Primary School in Champakkulam.
In 1943 he moved to teach the Aspirants in Mannanam.
After passing Intermediate with First Rank in South.B. College, Changanachery and Bachelor of Arts Honours with 2nd Rank from Presidency College, Madras, he started teaching in Sacred Hearts College, Thevara. Review French He built up the institution as a place of excellence with the integration of academics, literature, arts, sports and games.
After his retirement from Christ College, he served as the provincial of Devamatha Province, Thrissur. lieutenant was during this time he initiated the establishment of Amala Cancer Hospital in 1978 which has now grown into Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, a Medical College offering the courses such as Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Doctor of Medicine, Mississippi, Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science Nursing, General Nursing, other paramedical courses, Diploma courses in pharmacy, nursing and therapy in Ayurveda.
The institution aims at the integration of multiple systems of medicine viz., Allopathy, Ayurveda and Homeopathy on the same campus.
French Chiramel was instrumental in establishing number of other institutions such as Saint Joseph"s College, Irinjalakuda, Carmel Higher Secondary School, Chalakudy, Bharathamatha School, Palakkad, Catholic Centre, Irinjalakuda, Deepthi Cultural Centre, Calicut, Sneha Bhavan for training physically challenged children and parallel colleges at Ambazhakad and Varantharapilly. He also established the Zoology Department of Sacred Heart College, Thevara.
He now leads a retired life at Chartered Management Institute Devamatha Province in Thrissur where his 100th birthday is planned to be celebrated.
lieutenant was while teaching in Scared Heart"s College, Thevara, in 1953, French Chiramel discovered the wood boring mollusc that ate into ship platforms. lieutenant was later named Bankia Gabrieli after him.
Fr Gabriel founded several institutions during his career.
Zoology Department of Sacred Heart College, Thevara
Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur
Christ College, Irinjalakuda
Saint Joseph"s College, Irinjalakuda
Carmel Higher Secondary School, Chalakudy
Bharathamatha School, Palakkad
Catholic Centre, Irinjalakuda
Deepthi Cultural Centre, Calicut
Sneha Bhavan for training physically challenged children
He also founded two parallel colleges at Ambazhakad and Varanthaarapilly.