Robert Burchfield



Age: 81


Summary: lexicographer and chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionaries from 1971 to 1984 who pushed for inclusion in the dictionary English words from Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean, and who went to court to defend OED's right to include derogatory terms arguing that a dictionary describes language as it is, not as readers would like to be.



Cause of Death: Natural causes


Born: January 27, 1923


Died: July 5, 2004


Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England