McWhirter, Norris

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McWhirter, Norris Gender: M
born on 12 August 1925 at 19:40 (= 7:40 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 19°30' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°29 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 01°14'


British journalist who, along with his twin brother, Ross authored "The Guinness Book Of World Records." They began the company in 1954 with the first issue released the following year. Sales since then have surpased 100 million, making it the world's best selling copyrighted book.

His twin Ross was murdered in 1975 after he offered a reward of 50,000 pounds for information leading to the arrest of Irish Republican Army bombers. Both men were conservative in their poltiical and social views, and in the late 1990s, Norris became a leader in opposing Britain's close ties to Europe.

The twins' father was editor of several newspapers and the boys early on developed an interest in compiling lists of information. They both attended Trinity College at Oxford, were both track stars, and were both members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in World War II, where they saw mine-sweeping duty.

After he retired as editor of Guinness Records in 1986 he served as advisory editor until 1996.

He died of a heart attack while playing tennis at his home in Wiltshire, England on the evening of April 20, 2004. He was married and had two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Death of Sibling 27 November 1975 (Brother Ross shot to death)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Start Business 1954 (started Guinness Records)
  • Work : Retired 1986 (as editor of Guinness Records)
  • Death by Heart Attack 20 April 2004 (age 78, while playing tennis at home in Wiltshire, England)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Philip Lucas quotes B.C. in MH 10/1980; Dana Holliday quotes same in People magazine


  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Journalist)
  • Personal : Birth : Twin, triplet, etc. (Twin)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Originated Guiness Book Of World Records)