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1Name:  Professor Stroud F. C. Milsom
 Institution:  University of Cambridge & St. John's College
 Year Elected:  1984
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1923
 Death Date:  February 24, 2016
A learned and highly original legal historian, Stroud F.C. Milsom is a fellow of St. John's College and professor emeritus of law at Cambridge University, where he has taught since 1976. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was called to the bar in 1947 and since that time has served as fellow and lecturer at Trinity College (1948-55); fellow, tutor and dean at New College, Oxford (1956-64); professor of legal history at the University of London (1964-76); and literary director of the Selden Society (1964-80). Mr. Milsom has also held frequent visiting lectureships at American universities, including Yale, Harvard and New York Universities. His book Historical Foundations of the Common Law (1976) is considered a classic and perhaps the finest work on English legal history since Maitland.
2Name:  Dr. James Q. Wilson
 Institution:  University of California, Los Angeles
 Year Elected:  1984
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1931
 Death Date:  March 2, 2012
Dr. James Q. Wilson taught political science at Harvard University from 1961 to 1987 as the Shattuck Professor of Government. He was the James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy from 1985 to 1997. He then was the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Dr. Wilson was the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including The Marriage Problem, Moral Judgement, The Moral Sense, Bureaucracy, Crime and Human Nature (with Richard J. Herrnstein), Political Organizations, Thinking About Crime, Varieties of Police Behavior, The Amateur Democrat, and Negro Politics. His essays on morality and human character have been collected in On Character: Essays by James Q. Wilson. His textbook on American government is widely used on college and high school campuses. Dr. Wilson has served on a number of national commissions. He was chairman of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966, the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse Prevention in 1972-73, and the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies. He was a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1985 to 1991. He has been a trustee of the Rand Corporation, the Police Foundation, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, and Protection One. Dr. Wilson has been president of the American Political Science Association (1991-1992) and received the APSA's James Madison Award for a career of distinguished scholarship and the John Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was educated at the University of the Redlands (B.A., 1952) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1959). In 2003 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House. He died March 2, 2012, at age 80 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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