Beke, Charles Tilstone, traveller, was born in London in 1800. He studied law at first, but abandoned it for historical and geographical pursuits. In 1834 he published his Researches in Primeval History, which drew forth much opposition on the ground of its hostility to the inspired record of the creation in Genesis. For this he received the degree of Ph.D. from the university of Tubingen. In 1840 he went to Abyssinia, and published the results of his explorations in 1846. Besides an attempt to explore the Upper Nile and another journey to Abyssinia, he also, in the year of his death, 1874, set out for Palestine to determine the exact position of Mount Sinai. In addition to his contributions to the Transactions of learned societies and works on Abyssinia and the Nile, he also edited for the Hakluyt Society De Vere's Three Voyages towards China.