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Roger Bannister

Roger BannisterAKA Roger Gilbert Bannister

Born: 23-Mar-1929
Birthplace: Harrow, Middlesex, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Track and Field

Nationality: England
Executive summary: First to run a four-minute mile

Military service: British Army

Doing what some felt was impossible, at age 25 Bannister ran a mile in 3:59:4 on 6 May 1954 at Oxford University, establishing a world record and earning himself Sports Illustrated's first "Sportsman of the Year" award. One month later, Australian John Landy broke Bannister's record. After graduation from Oxford, Bannister became a neurologist, edited several neurological journals, and served on various British sports councils.

Father: Ralph Bannister
Mother: Alice
Wife: Moyra Elver Jacobsson (m. 1955, two sons, two daughters)

    High School: City of Bath Boys School
    University: Oxford University
    Medical School: St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, Paddington, London

    Academy of Achievement (2001)
    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 1954
    Knight of the British Empire 1975

Author of books:
First Four Minutes (1955)


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