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Unless otherwise noted, biographies are written by Tejvan Pettinger.

About Tejvan Pettinger


I was born in Runnymede, London, UK in 1976. I studied at Menston Primary and Bradford Grammar School.

At university, I studied PPE (2:1) at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. During my PPE course (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), I specialised in:

  • British social history since 1870
  • International relations between the two world wars.
  • Political philosophy
  • Development economics.

I currently live in Oxford. I teach economics part-time and also work on another educational website,

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About Biography Online

Biography 0nline was founded by Tejvan Pettinger in 2004.

I founded Biography Online because:

A note about lists

I have made a number of lists, e.g.

I appreciate the order of these lists could be very different, and I may well have missed out many worth candidates.

  • I don’t aim to be fully comprehensive. See them as a good starting point.
  • Please don’t be offended if I have missed out your favourite person or have the order wrong. The site is a work in progress. I consider myself a student too – always learning about new people.
  • I also appreciate I have a certain bias towards British / American culture – because that is what I know about most. Hopefully, the site will become more comprehensive over time.
  • You are welcome to make suggestions for new biographies, but I can’t guarantee when I will have time to write them.

Notes about Biography Online

  • I use British-English typography. Spelling may be slightly different to US-English.
  • If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know.


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Tejvan is also a cyclist and competes in UK cycle races.

  • 1st – UK National hill climb championship in 2013
  • 2nd – UK National 12 hour time trial championship 2016.
  • 3rd – UK National 100 mile TT championship 2014.
  • Cycling Uphill. Tejvan’s cycling blog
  • Uphill Struggle – Article at Oxford Today, the magazine of the University of Oxford.

Other sites by Tejvan

Creative Commons License

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 License.

Note on Images: The site uses images of people. Generally, these are taken from Wiki Commons, which is an excellent source for finding images in the public domain. Sometimes small, low res images of dead people are used, under the provision of ‘fair use’. Please note: I do not own the copyright to images of people.

For biographies written by contributors to Online you are permitted to use these on your own websites, provided you provide an active hyperlink to the original page on

Articles are authored by Tejvan Pettinger unless otherwise stated.

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  • Oxford
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  • UK

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