Eleanor Nesbitt grew up on the south coast of Britain, went to school in Bournemouth and studied at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Nottingham and Warwick. After training as a teacher in Oxford she taught and travelled widely in India before working in Coventry, mainly in the University of Warwick where she is now Professor Emerita. Eleanor is.a member of Central England Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In 2003 she gave the Swarthmore (annual Quaker) Lecture 'Interfaith Pilgrims' and in 2009 she gave the George Richardson lecture on Quakers in Sikh and Hindu Studies. In 2021 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of California for her 'distinguished contribution to the Punjab Research Group in the UK to promote Sikh and Punjab Studies'.
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