Macmillan, one of the largest and best known international publishing houses in the world is characterized by academic and professional, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing of the highest quality. Powerful brands owned by Macmillan, such as Nature, Palgrave Macmillan, Pan and Picador are now established in 70 countries.
Macmillan also offers high-level publishing services to third party clients. Since 1999, Macmillan has been wholly owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group. Macmillan was founded in 1843 by two Scottish brothers, Alexander and Daniel Macmillan. Daniel was the business brain, but it was Alexander who laid the literary foundations. Their publishing talents were not confined to pure literature; the Macmillan familys vision inspired the creation of enduring copyrights such as Nature, widely considered the worlds leading scientific journal, launched in 1869, Palgraves Dictionary of Political Economy in 1899 and Nursing Times in 1905.
Until recently the publishing company was owned by the Macmillan family, who continued to manage the company into the 1970s. One of the involved family members was Harold Macmillan, the British Prime Minister from 1956 to 1963 who rose through the Churchill and Eden governments via a succession of high offices, and culminated with his becoming Prime Minister, keeping one of the fullest and most entertaining political diaries of the twentieth century. Read more