Kees W. Bolle

Cornelis Willem (Kees) Bolle (December 2, 1927 - October 14, 2012) was a Dutch historian who was Professor of the History of Religions at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kees W. Bolle
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Born(1927-12-02)December 2, 1927
Dordrecht, Netherlands
DiedOctober 14, 2012(2012-10-14) (aged 84)
Academic background
Alma mater
Doctoral advisorMircea Eliade
Academic work
Main interestsIndian religions


Kees W. Bolle was born in Dordrecht, Netherlands on 2 December 1927. He studied theology at Leiden University, and the history of religion and Sanskrit at the universities of Chicago and Madras. He received his PhD in the history of religion at the University of Chicago in 1961. Bolle wrote his thesis in India and was supervised by Mircea Eliade.

After gaining his PhD, Bolle lectured at Brown University. In the 1960s, Bolle was appointed Professor of the History of Religion at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Here he set up a nationally recognized undergraduate major in the interdisciplinary study of religion Bolle retired as Professor Emeritus in 1991, and subsequently moved to Portland, Oregon, where he died on October 14, 2012.

Selected worksEdit

  • The Freedom of Man in Myth, 1968
  • The Persistence of Religions, 1971
  • The Enticement of Religion, 2002
  • Religion Among People, 2017


  • "Cornelis Willem (Kees) Bol". Dutch Studies (in Dutch). Retrieved September 9, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • "Kees W. Bolle". Portland Press Herald. October 26, 2012.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)