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Gertrude Himmelfarb , also known as Bea Kristol, is an American historian. She has been a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. She has written extensively on intellectual history, with a focus on Britain and the Victorian era, as well as on contemporary society and culture.

Born (1922-08-08) August 8, 1922 (age 94)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality US
Citizenship US
Alma mater Brooklyn College ,
University of Chicago
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Girton College
Notable awards Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Fellow of the Society of American Historians
Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1982–88)
Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress (1984–2008)
Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Center (1985–96)
Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute (1987–present)
Jefferson Lecture (1991)
National Humanities Medal (2004)
Spouse Irving Kristol
Children William Kristol
Elizabeth Nelson
Relatives parents Max and Bertha (Lerner) Himmelfarb
brother Milton Himmelfarb

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Gertrude Himmelfarb (born August 8, 1922), also known as Bea Kristol, is an American historian. She has been a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. She has written extensively on intellectual history, with a focus on Britain and the Victorian era, as well as on contemporary society and culture.