The January 2017 update of the Oxford Dictionary of National
Biography adds new biographies of 241 men and women who died in the year 2013. Click on the
portraits to read a selection of new lives, or here for details of all 241 new people.
Below you’ll find biographies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, archaeologist and broadcaster Mick Aston,
the Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey, jazz musician Kenny Ball, writer and Nobel prize-winner Doris Lessing,
the racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil, wrestler Mick McManus, sociologist and educationist Jean Floud,
Trinidadian airman and judge Ulric Cross, physiologist and Nobel prize-winner Robert Edwards, actor Richard Griffiths,
the broadcaster David Frost, immunologist Brigitte Askonas, poet and Nobel prize-winner Seamus Heaney, conductor Sir Colin Davis,
sculptor and painter Helene Fesenmaier, composer John Tavener, activist and publisher Jessica Huntley, author Iain Banks, broadcaster Alan Whicker,
director Antonia Bird, Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles, sculptor Anthony Caro, chemist and Nobel prize-winner Sir John Cornforth,
athlete and Olympian Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, and actor Peter O'Toole.