The Statesman’s Yearbook Online

edited by Dr Barry Turner


Barry Turner: 1998 - Current
Frederick Martin: 1864 - 1882
Sir John Scott Keltie: 1883 - 1926
Mortimer Epstein: 1927 - 1946
S Henry Steinberg: 1947 - 1969
John Paxton: 1969 - 1990
Brian Hunter: 1990 - 1997

Barry Turner; Editor 1998 – Current; (SYB 135th – Current 150th, ed.)

Barry Turner

Barry Turner is the seventh editor in the 150-year history of The Statesman's Yearbook. He has a doctorate in political history and has been a full-time writer for over 30 years. He has worked as a journalist and broadcaster in the fields of politics, biography, travel and education.
Turner was born in 1937 and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar, Bury St Edmunds; and at The London School of Economics (1958-1961), where he gained a BSc in Economics. He then studied for the Diploma of Education at the London Institute of Education and returned to The London School of Economics for his Ph.D.
Having started his career as a teacher, he turned to journalism in the mid-1960s when he was appointed deputy editor of New Education. He then became an education correspondent for The Observer. At the same time, he wrote and presented documentary series for television and made regular appearances on BBC current affairs programs.
His first book, a study of British politics in the early twentieth century, was published in 1970. He then wrote and edited several books on facets of education. He has gone on to write over 20 books, including A Place in the Country, which inspired a television series and a best-selling biography of the actor Richard Burton.
In the mid-seventies, Turner combined writing with publishing, joining Macmillan as editor of the journal Education and Training. Helping to develop a general non-fiction list took him into promotion and marketing, and, in 1977, he was appointed marketing director for Macmillan Press, making him responsible for world sales. His own writing in this period encompassed biography, travel and politics. His travel book on Sweden was published in 1976. He also continued as a regular presenter on radio and television, mostly for the arts and education.
In 1982, he turned to full time writing and editing, focussing on history and economics. The Other European Community, a study of the five Nordic countries was followed by......And The Policeman Smiled, the story of Jewish refugee children who escaped to Britain just before the war. Other more recent titles include When Daddy Came Home (the post war demobilisation), Countdown to Victory about the last weeks of World War 11, Suez 1956, Outpost of Occupation (the German occupation of the Channel Islands) and Beacon for Change, how the 1951 Festival of Britain shaped the modern age.
Turner was the founding editor of the annual Writer’s Handbook, published by Macmillan, which ran for 24 editions from 1988. A sister volume, The Writer's Companion, was published in early 1996, and a series of spin-off titles began in 2003 with The Writer's Handbook Guide to Crime Writing and The Writer's Handbook Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen, followed in 2004 by The Writer's Handbook Guide to Writing for Children and The Writer's Handbook Guide to Travel Writing. Over the years, Turner has delivered over 500 book serializations for The Times and The Sunday Times and contributed regularly to The Times as a reviewer and feature writer.
Turner was appointed editor of The Statesman's Yearbook in 1997, a role which had always fascinated him during his association with Macmillan. Subsequently, he has edited several spin-offs of the SYB, including The World Today, The UK Today and fact books on a wide range of countries and regions.
During his time as editor of the SYB, the publication has undergone a number of changes to meet growth in statistical information and technology. The most significant of these have been the creation of a database to facilitate the updating of entries, the launch and development of the SYB website, the introduction of the online Comparison Tool, the development of political profiles, and the increase in the size of the book with an enlarged format in 2007.
As editor, Turner has taken a great interest in expanding the appeal of the SYB while still managing to maintain its accuracy and validity. He has built up a team of assistants and contributors to collect and update the vast volume of statistics that are now available. Each country now has an extended historical introduction and an economic overview, and Turner has introduced thematic essays on subjects of economic and historical interest.
Among his recent books are Countdown to Victory, the story of the last weeks of World War II on the Western front (2004), and Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War (2006). In 2010, Outpost of Occupation, a history of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, and Beacon for Change on the 1951 Festival of Britain both published. He currently reviews crime fiction for the Daily Mail.
Barry Turner is a founder and former chairman of the National Academy of Writing. He has served on the Public Lending Right Advisory Board and was chairman of the Public Lending Right Committee on the Future of Books in the Digital Age. In 2009, he was appointed visiting professor at Birmingham City University.

Frederick Martin; Editor 1864-1882; (SYB 1st – 19th ed.)

Frederick Martin

In December 1862, Frederick Martin and Alexander Macmillan signed an agreement for Frederick Martin to edit what was to become The Statesman's Year-Book. By the time of Martin's death in 1883, he had built up an annual publication which was highly regarded for its accuracy and lack of bias.
Frederick (or Frederic) was born in either Geneva, Switzerland on 19 November 1830 (1881 Census records), or in 1825 in Berlin (Martin's naturalization). It seems more likely that a mistake was made in the census, as no evidence was found of him being born in Geneva. Martin came to England in 1855.
On 17 January 1856, he married Susannah Styles (b 1835), and they had two sons and three daughters. By 15 October, they were living a precarious life in Wolverhampton where Martin was working in a boarding school. Thomas Carlyle wrote to Martin, inviting him to be a general dogsbody. Martin aided Carlyle in his research for his epic biography of Frederick the Great (published in six volumes, 1858-1865). In April 1857, Carlyle contacted Thomas Watts at the British Museum in an attempt to get Martin a job as a literary clerk or copyist. Carlyle praised Martin's diligence, punctuality and desire to be useful.
Martin started a short-lived biographical magazine called The Statesman, in which he began to publish an account of Carlyle's early life. Martin had a flair for editorial and journalistic compilation but was not skilled in financial or publishing matters. A later venture, The Brighton Magazine (1874), also failed. He wrote that he would not venture into publishing again, as he was ''ignorant of commercial undertakings.''
It seems that Carlyle and Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, introduced Martin to Alexander Macmillan. A proposal to publish a handbook of the ''condition, political and social, of the various states of the civilized world'' was accepted, and, in as early as 1860, Martin began working on it. On 17 February 1862, Martin wrote to Alexander Macmillan, saying that he was working as hard as he could, despite falling ill, and saw accuracy as most important. In November, Alexander Macmillan suggested that the name of the new work might be ''The Statesman's Manual'' or ''The Political Annual.'' The name settled by Macmillan was The Statesman's Year-Book. Alexander wanted to reach not only politicians and statesmen with his annual reference book, but also those who aspired to become such, as well as merchants and others who took an interest in the changing state of the world. An agreement for the work was signed at Alexander Macmillan’s office on Henrietta Street, Covent Garden on 11 December 1862, making Frederick Martin the editor of this new publication.
The first volume of The Statesman's Year-Book was published on 20 January 1864. Martin applied for British citizenship on the same day, sponsored by Joseph Whitaker (1820-1895), and received his certificate of naturalization on 15 March 1864.
In 1865, Martin's The Life of John Clare, a biographical work, was published by Macmillan, and, by 1868, Martin had become a fellow of the Statistical Society of London.
Frederick Martin suffered from ill health, and yet he continued to provide accurate statistics, working long hours to ensure that they were correct. Initially, he worked to collect information alone from his home, but, by 1870, he referred to the use of an office for the SYB. From about this time, he replaced the use of official documents by direct communication with the issuers of statistics, government departments, embassies, learned societies, etc. In this way, he laid the foundation for authentic, reliable and speedy information. He resisted pressure to emphasize a country's wealth, etc.
In 1879, Alexander Macmillan secured an annual pension of ₤100 from Lord Beaconsfield, then Prime Minister, who was ''struck by the usefulness'' of The Statesman's Year-Book. Alexander wrote to Martin saying that he was informed by the Prime Minister that the Queen had conferred a pension on him ''in consideration of his literary labours.'' Announcements were carried in various London and British provincial newspapers.
Martin was held in high regard by many for his work on the SYB. In 1881, Richard Garnett, superintendent of the Reading Room at the British Museum, wrote to Martin, acknowledging the excellent work that Martin had done in compiling the SYB and how Garnett found it a valuable resource in his work.
By 1881, Martin's health had declined even further. He had also taken on other editorial work to help his financial problems. He suffered from periods of optimism as well as great despair, and, as a result, accidentally left the revised proofs of the 1883 (or possibly the 1882) edition on a train. At the request of Alexander Macmillan, John Scott Keltie, sub editor at Nature, worked on earlier material to revise and correct it in order to get the book ready for publication.
On 15 December 1882, Martin retired from the editorship of the SYB. Not long after, on 27 January 1883, Frederick Martin died at his home in Kentish Town, London. He was buried at Highgate Cemetery on 1 February.
Despite Martin's unfortunate health and temperament, there is no doubt that he worked hard to lay the foundation of the SYB and that it was he who established the basic features, maintained a disassociation from party politics, resisted pressure groups, built up relationships with government and other official agencies, and ensured his aim, ''absolute correctness of the multiplicity of facts and figures,'' was met.

John Scott Keltie; Editor: 1883 – 1926; (SYB 20th to 63rd ed.)

Sir John Scott Keltie

John Scott Keltie was born in Dundee on 29 March 1840. He was educated at Perth, and, at age 14, he became a pupil teacher in the old school.
At 18, he entered St. Andrews University, and, in 1860, he transferred to Edinburgh University and studied there until 1867 without taking a degree. He also studied for the Presbyterian ministry, but, having decided on a journalistic career, he did not enter the ministry.
In 1861, he joined the editorial staff of W & R Chambers in Edinburgh and worked on the first edition of their Encyclopaedia.
In 1865, he married Margaret Scott, and they had one daughter.
In 1871, he moved from Scotland and accepted a position with Macmillan and Co in London. In 1873, he became a geographical and educational editor to Norman Lockyer for the journal Nature, published by Macmillan. He continued to work for Nature, regularly contributing articles, until 1885 when he was appointed librarian to the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), a full-time commitment. From 1875 onwards, he edited books and regularly contributed to the Times, writing on geographical subjects and on subjects connected to imperialist expansion, especially in Africa.
In 1882, Keltie was asked to revise earlier proofs of either the 1882 or 1883 edition of The Statesman's Year-Book that had been left on a train by Frederick Martin, and he had to rewrite much of it before it could be sent to the printer. In 1883, following the death of Martin, he was appointed editor of the publication, with his name first appearing on the 1884 edition.
After Keltie took over this position, various changes and additions appeared in the 1884 edition. The length was extended from 784 to 876 pages, and Madagascar, the Orange Free State, Transvaal, Zanzibar, Burma, the Dutch East Indies and Hawaii all made their first appearance within these pages.
Keltie made further additions in the next few years: the Congo Free State, the Straits Settlements and Fiji in 1886; the ''smaller British Colonies'' and the ''recent colonial enterprises of Germany and France'' in 1887 when ''Corea'' was separated from China. These were followed in 1890 by a complete reorganization of the entire Statesman's Year-Book. It was divided into two parts: 1. The British Empire, presenting ''an exhaustive list of all territories over which the British government has any claim whatever''; 2. Every foreign country ''that may be regarded as a state, however rudimentary.'' The various sections were rearranged on a uniform plan which continued until the 1960s.
In 1890, Keltie arranged the non-British countries in alphabetical order, moving away from the order Martin had adopted. However, the arrangement of the part dealing with the British Empire (later Commonwealth) was the least successful innovation, and, by 1962, it had become difficult to keep up with the number of wholly or partially independent member states increasing each year.
One of the significant features added to the SYB by Keltie came in 1892 with the introduction of maps, which have contributed to the publication's usefulness and reputation over the years. The maps, intended to deal with subjects of ''great moment,'' were drawn by John Bartholomew & Son, Edinburgh, whose connection with Macmillan started in 1888 with the production of Macmillan's School Atlas. Keltie was a personal friend of at least two John Bartholomews.
As a promoter of Anglo-American cooperation, in 1906 he saw to it that the USA was given a section of its own. Each of the 46 states of the Union was allotted a special chapter, and the cooperation of the State Governors and the State Secretaries was warmly acknowledged.
In 1883, Keltie also became a fellow of the RGS, and, in 1885, he became their librarian. He was appointed inspector of geographical education in 1884. In 1892, he was appointed assistant secretary of the RGS and, in 1896, its secretary and member of its council (1919-1924). (He was never president of the RGS.)
He was very active in popularizing geographical research, and, in 1893, he started the Geographical Journal, which he edited for 24 years. His classic report on geographical education in 1886 instigated a revival in teaching geography. In 1913, he became president of the Geographical Association. He resigned as secretary of the RGS, effective from 1915, and as editor of the Journal in 1917.
His geographical activities absorbed much of his time, and he was the first editor to take on a permanent assistant to help with the workload of editing the SYB. In 1891, he took on I. P. A. Renwick as an assistant, and, following Renwick's death in 1911, Macmillan employed Mortimer Epstein as a replacement. From 1919, Epstein's name appeared on the title page of the SYB as joint editor, recognizing his contribution during this time. Keltie also relied on advisors on special subjects. One of these, Fred Jane (author of Jane's Fighting Ships), advised on Navies of the world from 1900 to 1916.
Keltie was knighted in 1918, a reflection of the praise bestowed on him by many.
Sir John Scott Keltie died at his home, 88 Brondesbury Road, Kilburn, on 12 January 1927.

Mortimer Epstein, M.A., Ph.D; Editor: 1927 – 1946; (SYB 64th – 83rd ed.)

Mortimer Epstein

Joint Editor:    THE STATESMAN'S YEAR-BOOK, 1919-1926.
Assistant Editor:    THE STATESMAN'S YEAR-BOOK, 1911-1918.
Mortimer Epstein was born in an obscure village near Kovno (now Kaunas in the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic). He was the son of a poor Lithuanian Jew who came to England and settled in Manchester in 1885.
Epstein was educated at Manchester Grammar School, then at Owen's College in the University of Manchester where he studied history and economics. He was awarded a B.A. Hons in history in 1902. From 1902 to 1904, Epstein worked in economics at the University of Breslau. He received his M.A. in 1905 from the University of Manchester, where he studied history and economics. He then finished his studies in Heidelberg, where he obtained his Ph.D.
In 1911, he was hired as an assistant for The Statesman's Year-Book, initially on a temporary basis. While he was working as Scott Keltie's assistant, he also lectured in University Extension courses. During the First World War, he worked on the staff of the War Trade Intelligence Department. He was also active as the head of an electrical engineering firm. Paying special attention to the sections on communications in the SYB, he introduced or enlarged the paragraphs concerning rail and road transports, posts, telephones, telegraphs and, eventually, civil aviation. In 1919, he became joint editor with Sir John Scott Keltie who recognized Epstein’s competency and left most of the work to him.
From 1921, Epstein took over editorship of The Annual Register and ran both this and the SYB until his death.
Ten days after the death of Sir John Scott Keltie, Frederick Macmillan offered the editorship of the SYB to Epstein, who accepted it on 25 January 1927. Epstein then reorganized the editorial assistants into a regular team.
Epstein kept a handwritten notebook from 1927 to 1946, which in particular sheds light on his method of revision for each country during the war years. The notebook is now in the Macmillan Archive at the British Library in London. Following the war, he had to deal with the effects of paper rationing on production of the SYB. He wrote to various influential people and organizations, asking them to petition the Paper Control Office to enable sufficient copies to be printed in order to meet demand.
Epstein died on 23 June 1946. There was a brief mention of his death in Nature (29 June 1946 vol 157 p868). An announcement was placed in the 1947 edition of the SYB, but there was no obituary.

Sigfrid (Heinrich) Henry Steinberg; Editor: 1947 – 1969; (SYB 84th – 106th ed.)

S Henry Steinberg

S. H. Steinberg was born in Goslar, Hanover on 3 August 1899. His parents were Adolf and Emilie (nee Romer), and he was the oldest of three brothers.
He studied history, the history of art, the German language and literature at the Universities of Munich and Leipzig, and then studied for a Ph.D at Leipzig University in 1922. In 1927, he became a Reader in History at Leipzig University.
He married Christine Constanze von Pape in 1923.
In 1933, he was dismissed by the Nazis from the Institute of Cultural and Universal History, and, in 1935, he was invited by London University to become a research fellow at the Courtauld Institute, so he moved to London. He eventually became a naturalized British citizen.
When he moved to England, he also taught German in evening classes. This led to the publication of A One Year German Course by Macmillan in 1939.
Before he left Germany, he had been working on a vast encyclopedia. He brought with him his chronological tables, which he had been working on. Steinberg's Historical Tables was a calendar of world history from 58 B.C. Macmillan was interested in publishing it, and the first edition came out in 1939. After Steinberg's death, Christine Steinberg gave the copyright to John Paxton to continue publication. The last and twelfth edition was published in 1991.
Steinberg interned at the beginning of the war, first at Huyton, and then on the Isle of Man. Correspondence related to his internment, including references to representations from Harold Macmillan for Steinberg's release, is held in the archive of Macmillan & Co Ltd, Special Collections, Reading University. He was eventually released following the intervention of Sir Frederic Kenyon and Stanley Morrison.
Following his release from internment, he was assistant master at Sedbergh School from 1940 to 1944.
In 1943, he signed an agreement with Macmillan to publish a book of German poetry, which was published in 1945 as Fifteen German Poets and dedicated to the headmaster and staff at Sedbergh.
He became more active in the war effort when he took on the role of English liaison officer with the London branch of the American Office of War Information on 1 July 1944.
When Mortimer Epstein died, Harold Macmillan suggested Steinberg should become the next editor.
He joined Macmillan on 1 August 1946 when he took up the position of editor of The Statesman's Year-Book and subsequently reshaped the SYB following the war. In 1947, the section on the United Nations was placed in front of 'The British Commonwealth and Empire.' Steinberg's gift of being able to acquire the friendship as well as the professional services of many contributors who provided statistics for the SYB helped re-establish the vast network of correspondents. Some of this extensive correspondence is now held in the Macmillan Archive at the British Library in London. During his time as editor, the market for the SYB increased considerably, with significant increase in sales in America through St. Martin's Press.
From 1947, he was also paid by Macmillan for German translation work assistance.
In 1963, he prepared a history of The Statesman's Year-Book for the centenary edition. He also investigated the birth of Frederick Martin and wrote an extended article on the history of the SYB which was later published in the Journal of Library History in 1966.
He was an expert on typography and book history. He wrote a classic book on the History of Printing: Five Hundred Years of Printing (1955). He also worked on many other reference books, such as Chamber's Encyclopaedia, Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Literature (1953), and Steinberg's Dictionary of British History (1963).
The last year of his life was clouded by illness, and he died on 27 January 1969.

John Paxton; Editor: 1969 – 1990; (SYB 106th – 127th ed.)

John Paxton

John Paxton was born on 23 August 1923, in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire. He then completed a BSc in Economics, followed by a PH.D in what is now called ''Developing Economics'' from The London School of Economics. However, his studies were interrupted by the war. He served as a naval officer on a RAF station in Kent and was there during the D-Day period.
In 1949, he was assistant leader of the British Schools Exploring Society's Arctic Expedition to Norway. He was the first schoolmaster to lead this; all the rest were army officers. His first contract with a publisher was for a book called Schoolboy Explorers in the Arctic, but the publisher folded and the project was never completed.
In 1950, he married Joan Thorne, and they had one son and one daughter. She was a constant encouragement and help to him during his time as editor of the SYB.
In 1952, he was appointed head of the economics department at Millfield School, Somerset, and was there for eleven years until 1963. He worked full-time for only three years, and spent the remaining eight combining teaching with writing. He wrote various books on the Common Market, as well as articles for Keesing's Contemporary Archives and articles for Chambers Encyclopaedia. It was through the editor at Chambers, Mrs. Law, that Paxton met Henry Steinberg. This is probably how he came in contact with The Statesman's Year-Book. He started working for the SYB in 1963 during the week of celebrations for the centenary edition.
His first role was in sorting out the French colonies, but he gradually took on more. In 1969, he took over from Steinberg after he died suddenly, making him the fifth editor and the first Englishman to hold this position. At the same time, Harold Macmillan, who took a great interest in the SYB, left Downing Street and played a more active role in the publishing company.
Paxton was editor until his retirement in 1990. During his time in this role, the layout of the SYB was rearranged, providing greater accessibility to facts, and production of the book moved from hot metal printing to a computer setting, allowing the opportunity to list countries in alphabetical order and to make amendments more easily. This enabled the SYB to become truly international in appeal.
The statistics that supported Paxton's work on the SYB were provided by correspondents from all over the world. He estimated that he wrote between four and five thousand letters each year to contributors. He managed to compile each of the 21 editions that he oversaw with only three or four assistants. Chief among those was Sheila Fairfield, a former civil servant, who managed the London office for John, who was based in Somerset.
Paxton was also senior consultant editor to the reference books section of Macmillan (1973) and edited or wrote a number of other reference books, including several editions of The Statesman's Year-Book World Gazetteer, The Statesman’s Year-Book Historical Companion (marking the 125th anniversary of the SYB in 1988), and, with Chris Cook, several editions of European Political Facts. He also worked on the Macmillan One Volume Encyclopaedia, edited by Alan Isaacs, and wrote articles under the name of Jack Cherrill (a family name).
He continues to live in Somerset, UK, where he has spent most of his life.

Brian Hunter; Editor: 1990 – 1997; (SYB 128th – 134th ed.)

Brian Hunter Brian Hunter graduated with a degree in Russian and worked for a while in the Eastern European book trade before obtaining a postgraduate qualification in librarianship. From 1960 to 1988, he was a senior librarian at The London School of Economics, where he was responsible for buying books in French, German and the Slavonic languages, and was also a member of the reference team.
In 1965, he was engaged by the then editor Henry Steinberg to contribute data to the SYB for all the communist countries except the USSR. He continued to do so until his appointment as editor.
He became the sixth editor of The Statesman's Year-Book in September 1990 following the retirement of John Paxton. He edited seven editions of the SYB (128th – 134th) from 1991 to 1997.
During his tenure, there were great changes in Eastern Europe, including the breakup of the Soviet Union. East and West Germany were reunited, and the Cold War confrontations ceased to be a factor in global politics. Many African nations moved towards democratic elections and a new South Africa emerged with the collapse of apartheid.
Black and white sketch maps were introduced in the SYB for each sovereign state to show its relative position and territorial extent.
Hunter is an associate of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, and a registered practitioner of the Society of Indexers. He was responsible for the format of the Indexes and the introduction of the Person Index in the SYB.
He travelled frequently to Eastern Europe and made many contacts there. He is the author of Soviet-Yugoslav Relations 1948-1972 (New York 1976) and co-author of Official Publications of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (London 1982).
He retired in 1997 at the age of 60 and Barry Turner took over as editor.

Editors Timeline chart

Editor's Name
Years of Birth and Death
Years as Editor, as shown on the SYB title page
SYB Editions as Editor
Date appointed as Editor by Macmillan
Explanatory Notes
1 Frederick Martin 1825 - 1883 1864 - 1882 1st to 19th Frederick Martin was officially appointed as editor when the contract for the 1st edition was signed on 11 December 1862. Frederick Martin retired as editor on 15 December 1882 and died shortly afterward on 27 January 1883. His name did not appear on the title page of the 1883 edition, although he was responsible for editing some of it.
2 Sir John Scott Keltie 1840 - 1927 1883 - 1926 20th to 63rd John Scott Keltie was appointed editor in 1882 following the retirement of Martin as editor in 1882. No editor is named on the title page of the 1883 edition. However, Keltie signed the preface for this edition and made revisions to Martin's work. He also made revisions following the loss of the proofs on the train which may have been for the 1882 edition since Martin refers to changes being made by another ''gentleman.'' Keltie is first named as editor on the 1884 (20th) edition.
3 Mortimer Epstein 1880 - 1946 1927 - 1946 64th to 83rd Appointed as sole editor in 1927 Mortmier Epstein started working as an assistant in 1911. He was named on title page as: Assistant : 1913 - 1918 (50th to 55th). Joint Editor with Keltie: 1919-1926 (56th to 63rd). Editor from 1927 - 1946 (64th to 83rd). He became sole editor following Keltie's retirement.
4 Sigfrid Henry Steinberg 1899- 1969 1947 - 1969 84th to 106th (1969-1970) Appointed in 1946 following the death of Epstein The 1969-1970 edition (106th) was jointly edited by S H Steinberg and John Paxton.
5 John Paxton born 1923 1969 - 1990 106th (1969-1970) to 127th (1990-1991) Appointed as editor in 1969 following death of S H Steinberg John Paxton joined the staff of the SYB in 1963. He appears jointly with S H Steinberg in 1969-1970 edition (106th)
6 Brian Hunter born 1932 1991 - 1997 128th (1991-1992) to 134th (1997-1998) Appointed as editor in September 1990 following the retirement of John Paxton Brian Hunter started working for the SYB as a contributor in 1965.
7 Barry Turner born 1937 1998 - Current 135th to current (150th) Appointed as editor in 1997 following the retirement of Brian Hunter