Buckinghamshire Lives

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of people who’ve shaped British history, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB currently includes the life stories of over 60,000 men and women who died in or before 2014.

Of these 60,000 people, over 3300 have close ties to Buckinghamshire—through families, education, work or residence.


Ludwig Guttmann


Below you’ll find some famous (and less-well-known) Buckinghamshire faces, including Ludwig Guttmann (above), founder of the Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville, and author Roald Dahl who lived at Great Missenden. Click on an image to read more. Then discover the ‘who and how’ in Buckinghamshire by searching the ODNB for people by place.


Wendy Hillier Roald Dahl Frances Dove

Alan Turing Richard Temple Enid Blyton

Nancy Astor Malcolm Fewtrell Wilberforce Bryant


Who and how? in Buckinghamshire

As well as looking for people by name, you can also search by place, for example:

(NB: You'll need to be logged into your library's subscription for these searches.)

How do I search?

Finding people in the Oxford DNB is easy.

  • to discover more Buckinghamshire people simply use the ‘place’ option on the People Search page. You can find people who were born, baptized, educated or resident in Buckinghamshire (or elsewhere), or who died and were buried here. Search by county, city, town, village, church, and even street.
  • you can also search the ODNB’s 70 million words for places (e.g. Waddesdon Manor). For this use Text Search.

What else does the Oxford DNB offer?

  • Free biography podcast: as well as over 60,000 life stories, the ODNB publishes a twice monthly biography podcast featuring some popular entries from the collection. There are now over 250 episodes in the archive. Highlights include Roald Dahl, George Orwell, John Lennon, and Margaret Thatcher.
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  • Don’t forget: the ODNB online is available free—anywhere, anytime—via Buckinghamshire libraries: just type your library card number in the box here

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