Martin followed a first degree in French and German with a doctorate on J.-J. Rousseau and Machiavelli, both taken at the University of Oxford. He joined the Voltaire Foundation shortly after it was bequeathed to the University of Oxford on Theodore Besterman’s death in 1976. He spent several years on the completion of Ralph Leigh’s Correspondance complète de J.-J. Rousseau alongside the increasingly flourishing SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century), also conceiving and compiling the keyword index to volumes 1-250 of the series, now superseded by the online SVEC thematic index. For more than the last decade he has been concentrating on the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire.
Dr Martin Smith
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