Norris McWhirter biography
British publisher, writer, journalist, and broadcaster. He studied at Oxford, and became chairman of the family business (1955-86). With his twin brother Ross McWhirter (1925-75) he founded an information service, McWhirter Twins Ltd (1950). They were invited by the managing director of Guinness Breweries to compile a book of records to settle arguments in public houses, and the first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was published in 1954. Norris was editor (1954-86), and is director of Guinness Publications Ltd. A sports journalist (1951-67), he has also been a television sports commentator (1960-72), and co-presenter of The Record Breakers (1972-94). Ross was assassinated by IRA terrorists.