T. E. Lawrence

1888 - 1935

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Colonel 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 nobleman. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of T. E. Lawrence has received more than 8,361,210 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). T. E. Lawrence is the 34th most popular military personnel (up from 49th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 136th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 34 out of 1,466Before him are Alfred Dreyfus, Roland, Douglas MacArthur, Jochi, Tariq ibn Ziyad, and Flavius Aetius. After him are Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Guan Yu, Isoroku Yamamoto, Baron Munchausen, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.

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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, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, John Logie Baird, Carl Schmitt, Nikolai Bukharin, Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Stern, José Raúl Capablanca, and Shmuel Yosef Agnon. Among people deceased in 1935, T. E. Lawrence ranks 3Before him are Kazimir Malevich and Alfred Dreyfus. After him are Fernando Pessoa, Paul Signac, Emmy Noether, Alban Berg, Józef Piłsudski, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Arthur Henderson, Astrid of Sweden, and Auguste Escoffier.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, T. E. Lawrence ranks 101 out of 6,924Before him are Alex Ferguson (1941), Christopher Lee (1922), Edward VIII (1894), Charlotte Brontë (1816), Michael Caine (1933), and David Bowie (1947). After him are George Harrison (1943), George V (1865), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Aldous Huxley (1894), Blackbeard (1680), and Ridley Scott (1937).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, T. E. Lawrence ranks 2Before him are William Wallace (1270). After him are Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Bernard Montgomery (1887), Edward Smith (1850), Gertrude Bell (1868), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Rudolf Abel (1903), John Franklin (1786), Harold Lowe (1882), and James Paul Moody (1887).