PETER, His Royal Highness, Prince of Greece and Denmark

PETER, His Royal Highness, Prince of Greece and Denmark. Paris 3.12.1908 — London 15.10.1980. Greek Anthropologist. Son of Georg, Admiral of Greece and Denmark (1869–1957) and younger brother of King Constantin I of Greece, and Marie Bonaparte (1882–1962). Himself Royal Admiral of Greece. Grew up in France (never lived in Greece, but visited the country in the 1930s). In 1932-34 served in Danish army. Dr.juris. Paris, then studied anthropology in London (under Br. Malinowski). In 1937-39 in India. After brief stay in France and Italy he joined Greek army and when the Nazis invaded Greece escaped to Cairo, where he tried to reorganize the remnants of Greek army. Married 1939 in Madras Irene de Montléon (née Ovtchinnikova, 1904–1990) and lost his right to succession (but never accepted this), no children.

After the WW II in Denmark and U.S.A. In 1949 to India, where renewed fieldwork among Todas. Then research among Tibetan refugees in Kalimpong, collecting both cultural and physical data and learning Tibetan. Now he also became interested in polyandry. He was strongly anti-Chinese and in 1956 asked him to leave the country. In 1857 settled in London, Ph.D. there 1959 with the dissertation on polyandry. In the 1960s unsuccessfully campaigned for his right to inherit the Greek throne. Lived in London, Paris and Copenhagen, eventually separated from his wife.

Publications: “The ‘Rin-Ḥbyuṅ’. Introduction to an unpublished Tibetan iconographical work”, JASB 3:9 Letters, 1943, 1-27, 7pl. (Dhāraṇīs with illustrations).

The Aristocracy of Central Tibet. A provisional list of the names of the noble Houses of Ü-Tsang. 43 p. Kalimpong 1954.

A Study of Polyandry. 606 p. ill. the hague 1963.

Sources: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der europäischen Staaten; Wikipedia with photo.

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