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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. 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 2,961,014 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Gertrude Bell is the 157th most popular military personnel (down from 117th in 2019), the 332nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 272nd in 2019) and the 8th 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 157 out of 1,468Before her are Mardonius, Semyon Budyonny, Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, Alfred von Schlieffen, José de San Martín, and Rudolf Abel. After her are Andrey Vlasov, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Abraha, Pyotr Bagration, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, and Joseph Joffre.

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Among people born in 1868, Gertrude Bell ranks 16Before her are Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Gichin Funakoshi, Emanuel Lasker, Arnold Sommerfeld, Peter Behrens, and Robert Falcon Scott. After her are Fuad I of Egypt, Gaston Leroux, Florence Foster Jenkins, Paul Claudel, Theodore William Richards, and Dietrich Eckart. Among people deceased in 1926, Gertrude Bell ranks 14Before her are Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Camillo Golgi, Mary Cassatt, Emil Kraepelin, and Sunjong of Korea. After her are Rudolph Valentino, Symon Petliura, Aleksei Brusilov, Louise of Sweden, Margherita of Savoy, and John Browning.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Gertrude Bell ranks 332 out of 7,765Before her are G. K. Chesterton (1874), William Crookes (1832), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), Ian McShane (1942), and Rudolf Abel (1903). After her are Anne, Princess Royal (1950), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), Rod Stewart (1945), Henry Moseley (1887), William Hogarth (1697), and Christopher Marlowe (1564).