Who's Who, published annually since 1849 by A & C Black and the first biographical book of its kind, is among the world's most recognised and respected works of reference. For the first time, the 2008 edition—plus Who Was Who, the Who's Who archives going back to 1898—is now available in a custom-built online edition from Oxford University Press.
Published every year since 1849, Who's Who (WHO) is the leading source of up-to-date information about over 33,000 influential people in British public life today. Who Was Who (WWHO) is an invaluable historical archive which collects together the entries of nearly 90,000 people, now deceased, which were included in previous editions of Who's Who.
With a single click of a mouse, online readers will be able to compare the entries captured in Who Was Who, largely supplied by the people themselves – from Winston Churchill to Barbara Cartland – with their biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online (for ODNB subscribers). Who Was Who will also provide a reference point for many not chosen for fuller biographies in the ODNB.
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