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What’s New: February 2024

This month’s update adds sixteen new lives, with a transnational focus, whether those who came to Britain, or Britons abroad: including the poets Pierre de Cardonnel and Emma Lyon, the chemist Ephraim Seehl, the foundling and mariner George King, the art dealer Ernest Gambart, the politician Mary Ellen Smith, the Holocaust Library founder Alfred Wiener, and the ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey.

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Smith [née Spear], Mary Ellen (1863–1933)

Born in Cornwall, the daughter of a copper miner, Mary Ellen Smith moved with her family to the Northumberland coalfield and married a coal miner. They emigrated to British Columbia where both she and her husband pursued political careers.

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FEBRUARY 8, 2024

What's New: February 2024

This month’s update adds sixteen new lives, with a transnational focus, whether those who came to Britain, or Britons abroad: including the poets Pierre de Cardonnel and Emma Lyon, the chemist Ephraim Seehl, the foundling and mariner George King, the art dealer Ernest Gambart, the politician Mary Ellen Smith, the Holocaust Library founder Alfred Wiener, and the ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey.

JANUARY 11, 2024

What's New: January 2024

Welcome to the 106th update of the Oxford DNB, which adds nine new articles accompanied by two portrait likenesses, with a special focus on nursing lives. From January 2024, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) offers biographies of 64,910 men and women who have shaped the British past, contained in 62,496 articles. 12,025 biographies include a portrait image of the subject – researched in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

DECEMBER 14, 2023

What's New: December 2023

This month’s update, introduced by Susan Rennie, has a special focus on Scottish contributions to the lexicography of English and Scots, with new articles on James Buchanan, William Perry, John Jamieson, Alexander Warrack, William Grant, George Marr Watson, and James McLeod Wyllie.