1923 – He was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, on the 27th of January.
– He studied at Victoria University in Wellington and, later, at Magdalen College, Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he was mentored by J.R.R. Tolkien.
1957-1986 – He edited the second Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary.
– He produced a controversial, substantially rewritten edition of Modern English Usage, the famous style guide to the English language by Henry Watson Fowler.
2004 – He died on the 5th of July.