Gertrude Bell

1868 - 1926

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Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE (14 July 1868 – 12 July 1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Syria-Palestine, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, using her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gertrude Bell has received more than 2,734,316 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Gertrude Bell is the 117th most popular military personnel (up from 474th in 2019), the 273rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 931st in 2019) and the 7th 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 117 out of 1,466Before her are Abu Muslim, Nestor Makhno, Werner von Blomberg, Ludwig Beck, Michiel de Ruyter, and Sun Ce. After her are Erich von Falkenhayn, Saigō Takamori, Heinrich Müller, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Eli Cohen, and Dong Zhuo.

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Among people born in 1868, Gertrude Bell ranks 11Before her are Fritz Haber, Abdulmejid II, Constantine I of Greece, Robert Andrews Millikan, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, and Gichin Funakoshi. After her are Arnold Sommerfeld, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Emanuel Lasker, Peter Behrens, Robert Falcon Scott, and Florence Foster Jenkins. Among people deceased in 1926, Gertrude Bell ranks 11Before her are Harry Houdini, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Emperor Taishō, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, and Camillo Golgi. After her are Rudolph Valentino, Mary Cassatt, Emil Kraepelin, Aleksei Brusilov, Sunjong of Korea, and Louise of Sweden.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Gertrude Bell ranks 273 out of 6,924Before her are John Venn (1834), Saint Walpurga (710), Jon Lord (1941), Richard Cromwell (1626), Edward Gibbon (1737), and Emmeline Pankhurst (1858). After her are Margaret Tudor (1489), Benjamin Britten (1913), Arthur Evans (1851), David Suchet (1946), Ritchie Blackmore (1945), and Owen Willans Richardson (1879).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Gertrude Bell ranks 7Before her are William Wallace (1270), T. E. Lawrence (1888), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Bernard Montgomery (1887), and Edward Smith (1850). After her are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Rudolf Abel (1903), John Franklin (1786), Harold Lowe (1882), James Paul Moody (1887), and Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861).