And -- shock, horror! -- he was a Kiwi. Born in Whanganui, New Zealand, of humble beginnings, Burchfield won a Rhodes scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was mentored by no one less than JRR Tolkein.
He died with a slew of death threats in his mailbox. Who can wish for a more interesting life than that?
If you don't believe me, read his obituary.
She undertook a detailed analysis of Burchfield's supplement, comparing it with the 1933 supplement by Charles Onions and William Craigie. She found that, far from opening up the OED to foreign linguistic influences, Burchfield had deleted 17% of the "loanwords" and world English words that had been included by Onions, who included 45% more foreign words than Burchfield.
The first version of the OED, released in 1884, contained words from all round the world, from aard-vark and aard-wolf to acacia. Murray also included the rodent, the agouti; the South American howling monkey, the alouatte; and the Philippine textile, abaca.