Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)


It is a collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.

The Oxford DNB replaces and extends the original Victorian DNB, and includes:

  • Re-written biographies of all subjects included in the first, Victorian DNB, reflecting new research, and providing an up-to-date assessment of their lives
  • 16,500 biographies of new subjects from all periods.
Coverage Dates: 
4th Century BC - 21st Century
Oxford University Press