Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert

Bradley Prize recipient Sir Martin Gilbert is the official biographer of Winston Churchill and a renowned historian of the modern world.  He has authored more than 80 books, including all six volumes of the biography Winston S. Churchill and the one-volume Churchill:  A Life.  Gilbert has also edited 12 volumes of Churchill documents, the most recent of which is The Ever Widening War, covering 1941.  He is now working on volumes covering 1942 to 1965.

Among Gilbert’s other major works are histories of World Wars I and II, the 20th century, modern British politics, and the founding of the state of Israel.  He has also authored 12 historical atlases, including the pioneering Routledge Atlas of the Second World War.  His book The Holocaust:  A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War is a classic work on the subject.

Gilbert served as historical consultant to the Southern Television and Masterpiece Theatre film Winston Churchill:  The Wilderness Years and to the BBC and A&E biography filmChurchill, which he narrated.  He also co-authored the script for Genocide, which won an Academy Award for best documentary film in 1981.

Among historians, Gilbert is distinguished by his exhaustive research in original sources and his meticulous attention to factual detail.  The recipient of many academic awards and honorary degrees, he lectures widely at universities and before civic groups in Great Britain, Canada, and Israel.  In the United States, he has delivered talks at The White House, the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

In 1995, Gilbert was knighted for “services to British history and international relations.”  When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited President Barack Obama at The White House shortly after his inauguration, Brown presented the new president with first editions of Sir Martin’s biographies of Churchill.

He is an honorary fellow at Merton College at the University of Oxford and a distinguished fellow at Hillsdale College.  He holds a doctorate of literature from Oxford.