Oxford Dictionary of National Biography adds 226 new entries

By Guest, 10 January 2019 - 11:32am

Cilla Black and Denis Healey are among the famous figures listed in the updated version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Cilla Black Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Singer and Blind Date presenter Cilla Black is now listed in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Credit: Photoshot/ Getty Images)
 

The latest version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) has been published online, with 226 new biographies of famous British men and women who died in the year 2015.

New biographies include politicians, musicians, actors, sporting heroes, writers, journalists and inspiring female pioneers.

'Anyone Who Had a Heart' singer and Blind Date presenter Cilla Black now has a full online article telling the story of her life and career.

The updated version also lists prominent political figures, including Denis Healey, who played an important role in post-war British politics as Labour Secretary of State, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

The ODNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from prehistory to the 21st century.

In total, it contains biographies of 60,984 individuals, written by over 14,000 contributors.

In the writing sphere, Brian Friel, the Northern Irish playwright nicknamed the 'Irish Chekhov', and Baroness Ruth Rendell, famous for her crime thrillers, are two of the many writers who died in 2015 to be added to the database.

Sporting heroes including Jimmy Hill, a footballer and Dawn Wofford, the 'glamour girl' of British show jumping, also now have online articles.

Among the biographies of British female pioneers, the ODNB now includes Barbara Calvert, the first female Head of Chambers and the first female QC to take a case to the European Court of Human Rights; Joyce Bennett, the first Englishwoman to become a Church of England priest; and Beryl Platt, an engineer and promoter of women in science.

A limited number of ODNB entries are available for free, while the full website can be accessed via subscription or through participating libraries.
 

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