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Dr Martin Smith

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.

Lyn Roberts

Lyn Roberts graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with a BA Hons in English and French before completing a postgraduate Diploma in Publishing. She has worked in a variety of editorial, commissioning and sales roles for academic, textbook and educational publishers (Pearson, John Wiley, CGP Books), and is now Senior Publishing Manager on the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series.

Dr Gillian Pink


My main area of research is Voltaire’s marginalia. I am generally interested in the French eighteenth century, in manuscripts and book history, in the genesis of literary texts, in writerly strategies in polemical works, and in Voltaire’s production in the 1770s, particularly his Questions sur l’Encyclopédie. Before working on Voltaire I lectured in French and literary translation at St Francis Xavier University (Canada), and was involved in studies on Flaubert biography.

Georges Pilard

Georges graduated from the University of Paris VII after spending his ‘hypokhâgne’ and ‘khâgne’ years at Lycée Lakanal, in Sceaux. He spent some time studying and teaching in the American Deep South (including one year at Tulane University, New Orleans) before starting a career as a bilingual lexicographer and author of language reference books with Oxford University Press, and then Chambers Harrap Publishers in Edinburgh. He is now a research editor at the Voltaire Foundation.

Dr Alison Oliver

Alison graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA(Hons) in Modern History and Modern Languages, and subsequently took her MSt and DPhil in French literature. Her doctoral thesis was on eighteenth-century novels. She has also worked in business-to-business book publishing at The Stationery Office, Thomson and Wolters Kluwer (UK). She now works for the Voltaire Foundation as a research editor on the Complete Works of Voltaire.


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