Oxford Dictionary of National Biography










The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK, and published by Oxford University Press. The Oxford DNB's General Editor is Professor Sir David Cannadine.


The Oxford DNB was first published in 2004 in print (60 vols.). Since 2005 regular updates have extended the Dictionary’s coverage, now including biographies of more than 60,000 men and women who died in or before the year 2016—plus more than 500 ‘Theme’ articles for reference and research.


The Oxford DNB online is updated regularly throughout the year, extending coverage into the 21st century, whilst also adding new biographies across all historical periods. Key features of the Oxford DNB include:


  • A responsive design enabling seamless access across different formats
  • Searching using a query builder
  • Social media integration
  • Searching across multimedia, including images and podcasts where available


More information is available at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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