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Miss Ella C. Sykes

Nature volume 143, page 712 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



WE regret to record the death of Miss Ella Constance Sykes, which took place in London on March 23. Miss Sykes, who was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, had been secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society (1920-26), and was a member of the Royal Geographical and Central Asian Societies, at whose meetings she was well known as a traveller with first-hand and intimate knowledge of the land and peoples of Persia in the earlier years of the century. She accompanied her brother, Major (afterwards Brigadier-General Sir) Percy Molesworth Sykes, on journeys of geographical and archaeological interest, made when he was seconded from the British Army in India to the consular service and was Consul-General in Kerman. On one occasion she and her brother rode on horseback from the Caspian to India, and in 1915 they travelled together in Chinese Turkestan and the Pamirs. Her experiences in Persia were embodied in “Through Persia on a Side-saddle” and in “Persia and her People”. She was also joint author with her brother of “Through Deserts and Oases of Central Asia”. Miss Sykes visited Canada to investigate the question of the employment of educated women there on behalf of the Colonial Intelligence League. “A Home-Help in Canada” records her experiences.

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