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Owen Lattimore, Chinese author, historian. Recipient Cuthbert Peek award Royal Geography Society, 1929, Patron's medal, 1942, Gold medal Philadelphia Geography Society, 1933, University Indiana medal, 1974.


Lattimore, Owen was born on July 29, 1900 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of David and Margaret (Barnes) Lattimore.


Student, College Classique Cantonal, Laussane, Switzerland, 1914. Student, St. Bees School, Cumberland, England, 1919. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1929.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Glasgow (Scotland) University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Copenhagen, 1972. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brown University, 1975.


Engaged in business, Shanghai, China, 1920. Newspaper worker Tientsin, China, 1921. With Arnhold & Limited company, Tientsin and Peking, China, 1922-1926.

Research in Manchuria under Social Science Research Council, 1929-1930, in Peiping under Harvard Yenching Institute, 1930-1931, under J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1931-1933. Field work in Mongolia and research in Peiping under Institute Pacific Relations, 1934-1937. Lecturer Johns Hopkins, 1938-1963.

Director Walter Hines Page School International Relations, 193-53. Professor Chinese studies University Leeds (England), 1963-1970. Chichele lecturer Oxford (England) University, 1965.

Political adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, 1941-1942. Deputy director Pacific ops Office of War Information, 1942-1944.


  • Member Association Asian Studies, Royal Asiatic Society, Royal Geog. Society (member council 1965-66), Royal Cen. Asian Society, American Geog. Society (honorary), American Philosophical Society, American Hist. Association, Academy Sics. Mongolian People's Republic (foreign member), Czsoma K├╢r├╢si Society (honorary), Phi Beta Kappa (honorary).



Member Association Asian Studies, Royal Asiatic Society, Royal Geography Society (member council 1965-1966), Royal Center Asian Society, American Geography Society (honorary), American Philosophical Society, American History Association, Academy Science Mongolian People's Republic (foreign member), Czsoma Körösi Society (honorary), Phi Beta Kappa (honorary).


Married Eleanor Holgate, March 4, 1926 (deceased March 1970). 1 child, David.

David Lattimore

Margaret (Barnes) Lattimore

Eleanor Holgate

David Lattimore