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Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber)

(1917-2012), Author and physician

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in China to a Chinese father and Belgian mother, she began work as a typist at Beijing hospital in 1931 and studied at Yanjing University and at the University of Brussels. She studied medicine in London (1944-8) and practiced at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. Known as Elizabeth Comber following her marriage to British officer Leon F. Comber, with whom she travelled to Malaysia, working in a tuberculosis hospital. Since 1942 Suyin has written books covering political history, autobiography and fiction. In 1955 her best-known novel, A Many-Splendored Thing (1942) was made into a film. Other books include And the Rain My Drink (1956) and Wind in My Sleeve (1992).

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Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber), by Bob Collins - NPG x126185

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber)

by Bob Collins
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1994
NPG x126185

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber), by Bob Collins - NPG x126186

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber)

by Bob Collins
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1994
NPG x126186

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber), by Bob Collins - NPG x126187

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber)

by Bob Collins
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1994
NPG x126187

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber), by Bob Collins - NPG x126188

Han Suyin (née Elizabeth Kuanghu Chow, later Comber)

by Bob Collins
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1994
NPG x126188

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