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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

January 2019

In the latest update, described in the introduction by Sir David Cannadine, we include the biographies of 226 people who died in 2015, and who left their mark on British national life, from Denis Healey to Jimmy Hill, and Cilla Black to Cynthia Payne

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Barbara Calvert (1926-2015)

A specialist in family law, Barbara Calvert became the first woman head of chambers (in 1974) and the first woman QC to take a case to the European Court of Human Rights (in 1987).

 

 

News

JANUARY 10, 2019

2019 Update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

 Meet the 226 men and women who died in the year 2015.

JANUARY 10, 2019

What's new: January 2019?

In the latest update, described in the introduction by Sir David Cannadine, we include the biographies of 226 people who  died in 2015, and who left their mark on British national life.

DECEMBER 13, 2018

What's new: December 2018

In the latest update, Sir David Cannadine reviews highlights of the 460 lives added in 2018, including 14 new biographies published in December.