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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 55,000 biographies of notable Britons.


  • Accurate, concise and readable articles on noteworthy people from all walks of life
  • Themes section of companion reference material-reference lists and articles on groups and successions (kings and queens, prime ministers, Nobel prize winners ... )
  • 10,000 illustrations, researched in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery
  • Online updates providing new biographies and content three times a year
  • The complete text of the thirty-three volumes of the original DNB

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