Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935) was professor of Chinese at Cambridge (1897-1932). His published books include
Chinese biographical dictionary (1898),
Chinese fairy tales (1911), and
The civilization of China (1911). The collection consists of Giles' correspondence, articles by Giles from
Temple bar, 44 issues of
The young East (1925-30), a copy of
The Buddhist diet-book, and a manuscript of Chinese shorthand vocabulary.
Giles was born on December 8, 1845 in Oxford, England; educated at Charterhouse; joined the China consular service, arriving
at Beijing in 1867; left China late in 1892, and lived at Aberdeen until 1897, when he moved to Cambridge to become professor
of Chinese, a chair held until his resignation in 1932; published books include Chinese biographical dictionary (1898), Chinese fairy tales (1911), and The civilization of China (1911); received the triennial gold medal of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1922; he died on February 13, 1935 in Cambridge.
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