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January 2014 update

The January 2014 update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography adds new biographies of 219 men and women who died in the year 2010. Click on the portraits to read a selection of new lives. Here you’ll find Beryl Bainbridge, Tom Bingham, Michael Foot, Tony Judt, Malcolm McLaren, Alexander McQueen, Egon Ronay, Claire Rayner, Alan Sillitoe, Norman Wisdom, and others.


A full list of subjects is also available, along with the editor’s introduction to the new update. Online access to all 219 new biographies, together with the Oxford DNB’s 58,780 existing entries, is freely available—anywhere, anytime—via nearly all UK public libraries, as well as university and college libraries worldwide.


The new update in numbers: by age, place of birth, occupation … Try our infographic


The story of the author Beryl Bainbridge (1932-2010) is also available as an episode of the Oxford DNB’s free biography podcast.



Daphne Park Norman Wisdom Anthony Howard Frank Crichlow Mahinder Pujji
Alan Mackerras Claire Rayner Alan Sillitoe Egon Ronay
Malcolm Mclaren Catherine Walker Michael Foot Alexander McQueen Alex Higgins
Lucienne Day Robin Day Thomas Bingham Jayaben Desai Beryl Bainbridge
Harry Beckett Maurice Wilkes Anthony Wright Ray Alan Tony Judt

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