Gertrude Emerson Sen 1921
American author and geographer
born 6 May 1890 in Lake Forest, IL
In 1921 Emerson applied for a passport extension in Calcutta, India, to travel west from that point through Egypt, Palestine Turkey, the Balkan, Europe,etc. for "editorial work" in her capacity as editor for the Asia Publishing Co of NYC.
"Gertrude Emerson ... (6 May 1890–1982) was an early 20th-century expert on Asia and a founding member of the Society of Woman Geographers. After teaching English in Japan, (she) returned to the United States to become the editor of Asia magazine. In 1920 she undertook a round-the-world expedition which included stunt flying and caving. Eventually she settled in a village in northeastern India, participated in rural life, married Indian native Basiswar Sen on November 1, 1932, and came to love the culture of her adopted country. Her attachment is reflected in her books Voiceless India (1944) and Pageant of India's History (1948). Although not born in India herself, she strongly disapproved on the involvement of non-Indians in subcontinental matters. Sen died in 1982, aged 89." - wikipedia.com