Gertrude Bell

1868 - 1926

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Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (14 July 1868 – 12 July 1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist. She spent much of her life exploring and mapping the Middle East, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making as an Arabist due to her knowledge and contacts built up through extensive travels. During her lifetime, she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials such as High Commissioner for Mesopotamia Percy Cox, giving her great influence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gertrude Bell has received more than 3,292,988 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Gertrude Bell is the 226th most popular military personnel (down from 163rd in 2019), the 428th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 332nd in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Military Personnel.

Gertrude Bell was a British explorer, diplomat, and writer who played a major role in establishing the boundaries of the modern Middle East.

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Among military personnels, Gertrude Bell ranks 226 out of 2,058Before her are Andrey Yeryomenko, Djemal Pasha, Wilhelm List, Kurt Student, Franz Stangl, and Alfred von Tirpitz. After her are Walther von Reichenau, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Sun Bin, Wilhelm Mohnke, Hans von Seeckt, and Gotthard Heinrici.

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Among people born in 1868, Gertrude Bell ranks 22Before her are Peter Behrens, Theodore William Richards, Paul Claudel, Gaston Leroux, Gustav Meyrink, and Huo Yuanjia. After her are Robert Falcon Scott, Dietrich Eckart, August Horch, Felix Hoffmann, Vittorio Monti, and Edmond Rostand. Among people deceased in 1926, Gertrude Bell ranks 18Before her are Sunjong of Korea, Symon Petliura, Emil Kraepelin, Louise of Sweden, Rudolph Valentino, and Aleksei Brusilov. After her are Nikola Pašić, Margherita of Savoy, Olga Constantinovna of Russia, John Browning, Kim Hyong-jik, and Karl Harrer.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Gertrude Bell ranks 428 out of 8,785Before her are Tristan (535), Fred Hoyle (1915), John Everett Millais (1829), John Barry (1933), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), and D. H. Lawrence (1885). After her are John Buchan (1875), Sam Neill (1947), John Bowlby (1907), John Donne (1572), Ralph Fiennes (1962), and Isaac Barrow (1631).