George Patterson (missionary)

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George N. Patterson
Born(1920-08-19)19 August 1920
Falkirk, Scotland
Died28 December 2012 (aged 92)
Auchlochan, Scotland
SpouseMeg Patterson

George Neilson Patterson (born 19 August 1920 in Falkirk, died at Auchlochan, Lesmahagow, 28 December 2012)[1] also known as Khampa Gyau[2] (bearded Khampa in Tibetan) and Patterson of Tibet, was a Scottish engineer and missionary who served as medical officer and diplomatic representative of the Tibetan resistance movement during the Annexation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China.

He was married to the surgeon Meg Patterson.

Letter of Remembrance[edit]

The International Campaign for Tibet awarded him their Light of Truth Award on 25 March 2011.[3] In a letter presented with the award, a simple butter-lamp symbolizing the light the recipient has shed on the cause of Tibet, the Dalai Lama's Special Envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari said: "It is my honour to convey to you in writing the decision of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet to award you the Light of Truth, the highest recognition in the Tibet world of service to Tibet. The Board of Directors, chaired by Mr. Richard Gere, took the unanimous decision with great enthusiasm and, on their behalf, I offer you heartfelt congratulations. It gives my added pleasure as a Khampa to be the person to officially bring this news to you, Khampa Gyau ['bearded Khampa'], the name by which His Holiness the Dalai Lama fondly and humorously called you."[2]


  • Patterson, George Neilson (1952). Tibetan Journey. UK: Faber & Faber.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1954). God's Fool. United States: Doubleday.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1956). Up and Down Asia.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1958). Tragic Destiny.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1960). Tibet in Revolt.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (April 1963). Peking Versus Delhi. United States: Praeger.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (May 1964). The Unquiet Frontier. United States: Dragonfly Paperbacks.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1968). Christianity in Communist China. United States: Word.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1983). Christianity and Marxism. UK: Paternoster Press.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1990). Requiem For Tibet. London, UK: Aurum Press. ISBN 9781854101112.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1990). The China Paradox - Christ Versus Marx. UK: Word Books.
  • Patterson, George Neilson. Patterson of Tibet. United States: Promotion Publishing.

Joint publications[edit]

with Meg Patterson[edit]

  • Patterson, George Neilson (1975). Addictions Can Be Cured. UK: Lion.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1983). Getting Off The Hook: Addictions can be cured by NET (neuroelectric therapy). Wheaton, Illinois: Harold Shaw. ISBN 978-0-87788-305-0.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1987). The Power Factor. UK: Word.
  • Patterson, George Neilson (1994). The Paradise Factor. UK: Word.


  • editor Klatt, Werner (1965). The Chinese Problem. OUP & HKUP. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  • editor Wint, Guy (September 1966). Asia Handbook. Anthony Blond; Penguin. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)


Advisor and scriptwriter[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "George Patterson". The Telegraph. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b International Campaign for Tibet (25 March 2011). "Light of Truth award presented to legendary 'bearded Khampa' George Patterson". Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. ^ Brown, Craig (20 March 2011). "Dalai Lama honours Scots hero of Tibetan struggle". Scotland on Sunday. Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2011.

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