Gertrude Bell

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell Full Name: Gertrude Bell
Nationality: British

Profession: Archaeologist and Writer
Why Famous: Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in an area that today covers Jordan as well as parts of Iraq.

Highly influential and trusted by British imperial officials she played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq.

Given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time, Bell utilised her unique perspective from her travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East.

She has been described as "one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection".

Born: July 14, 1868
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington Hall, County Durham, England

Died: July 11, 1926 (aged 57)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose of sleeping pills