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Anyone who is, or was their own words

Who's Who and Who Was Who

For autobiographical information on the noteworthy & famous.

  • Over 34,000 entries from the new edition of Who's Who and over 100,000 entries from all 11 volumes of Who Was Who
  • Fascinating insights into the private lives of public figures with detailed information for each person
  • Each entry is written by the subject themselves and can include full name, formal titles, birth date and (where appropriate) death date, education, honours, career history, recreations, contact details, and more
  • International figures include Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Serena Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Barack Obama, and Woody Allen
  • Extensive internal cross-references - find family members and other connected entrants such as people in the same profession or people born in the same period with ease
  • Over 10,000 direct reciprocal links mean that users can compare and contrast what people such as Dame Barbara Cartland or Anthony Blunt wrote about themselves in Who Was Who with their biographies in the award-winning Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Custom-built for biographical research with a user-friendly interface
  • Intuitive search and browse options enable quick and easy access to exceptional content which can be refined and re-ordered
  • Flexible advanced search options means that, in a single search, users can find female writers who were educated at Exeter University, have been awarded an OBE, were born after 1940, and are still alive!
  • Quick filter - choose to search Who's Who, or the complete database including Who Was Who
  • Discover interesting topical articles in the monthly feature pages
  • Updated annually each December alongside the print edition with minor updates during the year - if subjects die, their death dates will be added