Sir Charles Alfred Bell KCIE, CMG (Biographical details)

Sir Charles Alfred Bell KCIE, CMG (official; academic/intellectual; British; Male; 1870 - 1945)

Also known as

Bell, Charles Alfred; Bell, Charles


Political officer and author; Indian Civil Service 1891-1919, on political duty in Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim 1904-21, adviser to British Plenipotentiary (Sir Henry McMahon) at Simla Conference on Tibet 1913-14; in retirement devoted himself to scholarly study, publishing several books in which he sought to interpret Tibet to the outside world. He donated Tibetan objects to the BM in 1933 with a further bequest in 1946. Bell's papers and photographs are housed at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.
His works include:
The People of Tibet (Oxford, 1928)
Manual of Colloquial Tibetan. Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1905
‘ A Year in Lhasa’, Geographical Journal, volume 63, 1924: 89-105
Tibet: Past and Present. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924
The People of Tibet. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1928
The Religion of Tibet. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931
Portrait of the Dalai Lama. London: Collins, 1946

some official papers in OIOC BL see Mss Eur F80