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WHO'S WHO 2020: PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2019
The 172nd edition of Who’s Who brings together over 34,000 autobiographical entries from people of influence and interest in every area of public life. Featuring just under 700 entries for this new edition, Who's Who 2020 celebrates the achievements of British Society.
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The first edition of Who's Who was published in 1849. Then a compact, 250-page volume (one tenth of the size of the 2014 edition), it consisted of an almanac followed by thirty-nine lists of ranks and appointments and the names of those holding them. Since its acquisition by A&C Black in 1897, Who's Who has consolidated its status of supreme national importance, proving to be invaluable as a research tool and a unique way of measuring social change. During the Second World War Winston Churchill personally intervened to ensure its publication and full circulation was not affected by the paper shortage. Who's Who is still to this day the definitive reference book relied upon by academics, researchers, business people, government officials and charities, as well as the casual browser.
Who's Who and Who Was Who Online
From December 2014, Who's Who and Who Was Who, which covers 1897 onwards, was made available online exclusively from Oxford University Press (OUP), where the data can be searched extensively and cross-referenced to other works.
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