The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is one of 20 winners of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, 2007.
The award was presented to the dictionary's editor, Dr Lawrence Goldman, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, Dr John Hood, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 February 2008.
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The Queen's Anniversary Prizes are awarded biennially to institutions of higher and further education for work of exceptional quality that brings benefit to the wider community, as well as to the institution itself and its student body.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a research and publishing project of the university and Oxford University Press (OUP), is a collection of more than 56,000 biographies of men and women who have shaped British life from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.
This is the first occasion on which the University of Oxford, a recipient of the prize on five previous occasions, has won for research in the humanities. The dictionary is also one of only a handful of humanities projects recognized nationally since the award's inception in 1994.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography was compiled by 10,000 specialist authors worldwide. Their work was co-ordinated by a team of research staff of the university's Faculty of Modern History (aided by research funding from the British Academy) in a project planned, co-funded, and published by OUP.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography was published, in print and online, in 2004. It was edited by two professors of history at the university, the late Colin Matthew (editor from 1992 to 1999) and Sir Brian Harrison (2000-04).
Since 2004 the editor has been Dr Lawrence Goldman, a historian at St Peter's College, Oxford, who—along with university research staff and OUP editors—is responsible for three annual updates to the Oxford DNB's online edition published each January, May, and October.