TWO Huddersfield people rub shoulders with Olympic champions as newcomers in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who.
Inclusion in Who’s Who – one of the world’s most famous reference books, containing potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the most talented and distinguished people – is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for all the newcomers.
They include Huddersfield-born Professor Louise Heathwaite, 51, and businessman Anthony Nightingale, 65.
They appear for the first time alongside sports stars Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Andy Murray.
Prof Heathwaite is the professor and co-director of the Centre For Sustainable Water Management at Lancaster University and also chief scientific adviser to the Rural and Environment Department of the Scottish Government.
Mr Nightingale was managing director from 2006 to 2012 of one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous companies, Jardine Matheson Group.
In her Who’s Who entry, Prof Heathwaite lists only one recreation – fell running.
In his entry, Mr Nightingale lists his recreations as: “climbing, hiking, tennis, skiing, golf, poster and woodblock art.”
Everyone in Who’s Who is invited to compile his or her own entry, so the biographies can be as long or as short as the person wishes.
The late romantic novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland, hogged 222 lines to list her mostly literary achievements.
The entries of the Huddersfield pair are comparatively brief and modest: Mr Nightingale tells his story in 22 lines, while Prof Heathwaite explains her life in 20 lines, which is one line more than the 19-line entry of Pope Benedict XVI and six more than the 14-line line entry of US President Barack Obama.
They and all the others will now remain in Who’s Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to Who’s Who’s sister publication, Who Was Who.
The 2013 edition of Who’s Who is published by A & C Black at £235.