T. E. Lawrence

1888 - 1935

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Thomas Edward Lawrence (16 August 1888 – 19 May 1935) was a British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat, and writer who became renowned for his role in the Arab Revolt (1916–1918) and the Sinai and Palestine Campaign (1915–1918) against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The breadth and variety of his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, a title used for the 1962 film based on his wartime activities. He was born out of wedlock in August 1888 to Sarah Junner (1861–1959), a governess, and Sir Thomas Chapman, 7th Baronet (1846–1919), an Anglo-Irish aristocrat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of T. E. Lawrence has received more than 10,843,958 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). T. E. Lawrence is the 39th most popular military personnel (up from 51st in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 133rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Military Personnel.

Lawrence is most famous for his novel "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom." He was a British writer, archaeologist, and military officer.

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Among military personnels, T. E. Lawrence ranks 39 out of 2,058Before him are Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Belisarius, Alfred Dreyfus, Simo Häyhä, Pyrrhus of Epirus, and Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. After him are Douglas MacArthur, Lü Bu, Ratko Mladić, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Tariq ibn Ziyad, and Tughril.

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Among people born in 1888, T. E. Lawrence ranks 2Before him is Heinz Guderian. After him are Fernando Pessoa, Dale Carnegie, José Raúl Capablanca, Otto Stern, Nikolai Bukharin, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Carl Schmitt, Giorgio de Chirico, and Alexander I of Yugoslavia. Among people deceased in 1935, T. E. Lawrence ranks 4Before him are Jane Addams, Alfred Dreyfus, and Kazimir Malevich. After him are Józef Piłsudski, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Signac, Emmy Noether, Arthur Henderson, Alban Berg, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Astrid of Sweden.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, T. E. Lawrence ranks 99 out of 8,785Before him are Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Jeff Beck (1944), Walter Scott (1771), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Paul Dirac (1902), and William Harvey (1578). After him are David Livingstone (1813), Edward Elgar (1857), Jane Seymour (1508), Christopher Lee (1922), Liam Neeson (1952), and Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (1857).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, T. E. Lawrence ranks 4Before him are William Wallace (1270), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), and Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758). After him are Edward Smith (1850), Bernard Montgomery (1887), Alexander Selkirk (1676), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Gertrude Bell (1868), Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861), Rudolf Abel (1903), and James Paul Moody (1887).