2019 Update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

January 10, 2019

The January 2019 update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) adds new biographies of 226 men and women who died in the year 2015.

Below you’ll find biographies of singer and television presenter Cilla Black, literary critic and novelist John Bayley, barrister and the first woman to be a Head of Chambers Barbara Calvert, singer and songwriter for Hot Chocolate Errol Brown, double bass player Coleridge Goode, politician Leon Brittan, prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, politician Teresa Gorman, diplomat and first female British ambassador Anne Warburton, politician and author Denis Healey, novelist Jackie Collins, politician and leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, author Terry Pratchett, cookery writer and broadcaster Marguerite Patten, footballer and broadcaster Jimmy Hill, weightlifter Louis Martin, novelist Ruth Rendell, singer for The Beverley Sisters Joy Beverley, ecologist and historian Oliver Rackham, humanitarian Nicholas Winton, actor Christopher Lee, engineer and politician Beryl Platt, entrepreneur and philanthropist Gulam Noon, and hostess and madam Cynthia Payne. Discover the full list of entries added this year.



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Discover a full list of entries added this year.