PORTNJAGIN, Pavel Konstantinovič

PORTNJAGIN, Pavel Konstantinovič. Vladivostok 1903 — Samarkand 1977. Russian Traveller. Interested early in Theosophy and eastern religions. In 1925-26 travelled in China and Mongolia, in 1926 joined in Urga the Roerich Central Asian expedition, until 1928, then with I. A. D’jakov in Burma. After a while as teacher in Harbin…

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PALLAS, Peter Simon

PALLAS, Peter Simon. Berlin 22.9.1741 — Berlin 8.9.1811. German Botanist, Ethnologist, Naturalist and Linguist in Russian Service. Son of Simon P., Professor of Surgery, and Susanne Lienhardi. Studies of medicine and natural sciences at Halle, Göttingen and Leiden (Dr.med. 1760). Invited by Catherine II joined St.Petersburg Academy in 1767. He…

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O’CONNOR, W. Frederick

O’CONNOR, William Frederick  Travers. Longford, Ireland 30.7.1870 — Chelsea, London 14.12.1943. Irish Officer and Diplomat in British Service in India. Son of land agent Matthew Weld O’Connor and Georgina O’Reilly. Educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey. After Royal Military Academy joined Royal Artillery in 1890. Lieutenant 1893, Captain 1899, Major 1908,…

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LANDON, Perceval

LANDON, Perceval. Hastings, Sussex 29.3.1869 — 23.7.1927. British Author, Traveller and Journalist. Son of Rev. Edward Henry L., of Huguenot descent, and Caroline Perceval. Educated at Forest School, Walthamstow. From 1888 studies at Hertford College, Oxford, graduated 1892. Called to the bar from Inner Temple. In 1899-1900 war correspondent of The…

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KRICK, Nicolas

KRICK, Nicolas Michel. Lixheim en Meurthe, Lorraine 1.3.1819 — 1.9.1854. Father. French Missionary in North-East India. Son of tailor Michel Krick and Élisabeth Dubourg (d. 1826). From 1839 studies at the seminary of Nancy, ordained priest 1844 and began work as vicar in Lorraine. In 1848 joined Missions étrangères de Paris…

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JISL, Lumír

JISL, Lumír. Svijanský Újezd, Liberec region 18.4.1921 — Prague 22.11.1969. Czech Scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Japanese, a Specialist of Buddhist Art. After school in Toruń from 1940 studies of archaeology and ethnography at Prague. In the wartime worked as insurance official in Liberec, then continued studies (graduated 1949). From…

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GORDON, Antoinette K.

GORDON, Antoinette Koscherak. 1892 — ?.3.1975. U.S. Anthropologist, Specialist of Tibetan Religious Art. From 1936 worked in the Department of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History. Publications: The Iconography of Tibetan Lamaism. 32+129 p. N.Y. 1939, rev. ed. 31+131 p. ill. Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo 1959. – Tibetan…

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VIZEL’, Oskar Èmil’evič.

VIZEL’, Oskar Èmil’evič. St.Petersburg 1895 — 19??. Russian Indologist, Tibetologist, Japanologist and Archaeologist. Born in an noble family of Austrian origin, son of Emil Anton Joseph Wiesel and Alexandra Hermina Strauss. From 1915 studies at St.Petersburg Oriental Faculty. In the 1920s worked in Ethnographic Kabinet in Petrograd, then two years…

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STEPANOV, Gurij (Aleksej Ivanovič St.)

STEPANOV, Gurij (Aleksej Ivanovič St.). Čeboksary 3.10.1880 — Gorkij (Nižni Novgorod) 1.11.1937. Russian Ecclesiastic, Mongolian and Tibetan Scholar. Archimandrit, then Archbishop of Russian Orthodox Church. After Kazan Seminary studied 1902-06 at Kazan Spiritual Academy (cand. theol.). Intending to become missionary he concentrated on Mongolian language and Buddhism. In 1909 mag.theol.…

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STEIN, Rolf A.

STEIN, Rolf Alfred. Schwetz (now Świecie in Kujavia-Pomerania, Poland) 13.6.1911 — Paris 9.10.1999. French (born German Jew) Sinologist and Tibetan Scholar. Professor in Paris. In 1919 when their home town was ceded to Poland, the family moved to Berlin. Youthful interest in occultism led him to Tibetology. Studied Chinese at…

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