Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, male, Tibetan nationality, is a native of Lhasa, Tibet. He was born in 1910 and studied poetry with one of Tibet's literary masters.
Ngapoi began his career as an official in Qamdo Prefecture. He also served as a magistrate. In 1952, he became 1st deputy commander of the Tibet Military Region. He later became chairman of the People's Committee for the Tibet Autonomous Region. In 1981, he became chairman of the Tibet Regional Government.
Ngapoi was deputy to the 1st and 2nd NPC, vice-chairman of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th NPC Standing Committees, chairman of the Ethnic Affairs Committees of the 5th, 6th and 7th NPC, and vice-chairman of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th CPPCC National Committees. He was reelected vice-chairman of the 11th CPPCC National Committee.