THE Lawrence Memorial Medal of the Royal Central Asian Society has been awarded to Sir Charles Bell, the great authority on things Tibetan, whose friendship with the late Dalai Lama was an outstanding event in British relations with Tibet, and who has an intimate and authoritative knowledge of events in Tibet and Mongolia, on wjiich he has written valuable books. This is the second award of this medal, the first having been made to Major J. B. Glubb, in recognition of his work in administering the nomad territory of Northern Arabia, which lies within the frontiers of Trans-Jordania, and the success he has had in promoting friendly relations between the tribes of that region. The Lawrence Memorial Medal was founded by the Society in memory of T. E. Lawrence, under the then president, the late Lord Alien by. It exists- to recognize work of outstanding distinction in travel, research or letters, when such work contributes to the study and the solution of the problems of Asia, made by officials, travellers, students or others who are working in the area covered by the activities of the Royal Central Asian Society.