Milsom, S.F.C. 1923-

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Milsom, S.F.C. 1923-
(Stroud Francis Charles Milsom)


Born May 2, 1923, in Merton, Surrey, England; son of Harry Lincoln (a hospital administrator) and Isobel Vida Milsom; married Irène Szereszewski, 1955 (died, 1998). Ethnicity: "White." Education: Trinity College, Cambridge, B.A., 1944, M.A., 1948; attended University of Pennsylvania, 1947-48.


Home—Cambridge, England. Office—St. John's College, Cambridge CB2 1TP, England.


Trinity College, Cambridge, England, fellow and lecturer, 1948-55; New College, Oxford, England, fellow and tutor, 1956-64, dean, 1959-64; University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England, professor of legal history, 1964-76; Cambridge University, professor of law, 1976-90, professor emeritus, 1990—, fellow of St. John's College, 1976—. Lincoln's Inn, called to the Bar, 1947, elected honorary bencher, 1970; appointed Queen's Counsel, 1985. Cambridge University, Maitland Memorial Lecturer, 1972; Indiana University at Bloomington, Addison Harris Lecturer, 1974; University of Colorado, Boulder, Charles Inglis Thompson Professor, 1977; British Academy Lecturer, 1980; Monash University, Wilfred Fullagar Memorial Lecturer, 1981; Oxford University, Ford's Lecturer in English History, 1986; Columbia University, Carpentier Lecturer, 1995; visiting professor at New York University, between 1958 and 1970, Yale University, between 1968 and 1986, and Harvard University, 1973. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts member, 1975-98; British Academy, exchange visitor to Japan, 1976, member of China delegation, 1979. Wartime service: British Admiralty, Naval Intelligence Division, 1944-45.


British Academy (fellow; council member, 1972-75), Royal Historical Society (fellow), Selden Society (literary director, 1964-80; president, 1985-88), American Philosophical Society (foreign member), American Society for Legal History (corresponding fellow).


Commonwealth Fund fellow in the United States, 1947-48; Ames Prize, Harvard University, 1972; Swiney Prize for Jurisprudence, Royal Society of Arts, 1974; Honorary LL.D., University of Glasgow, 1981, University of Chicago, 1985, and Cambridge University, 2003.


(Translator and author of introduction and notes; with E. Shanks) Novae Narrationes, Selden Society (London, England), 1963.

Historical Foundations of the Common Law, Butterworth (London, England), 1969, 2nd edition, 1981.

Legal Framework of English Feudalism, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1976.

Studies in the History of the Common Law, Hambledon Press (London, England), 1985.

(With J.H. Baker) Sources of English Legal History, Butterworth (London, England), 1986.

A Natural History of the Common Law, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor to books, including On the Laws and Customs of England: Essays in Honor of Samuel E. Thorne, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC), 1981; Law and Government in Medieval England and Normandy: Essays in Honour of Sir James Holt, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1994; and The History of English Law: Centenary Essays on "Pollock and Maitland," edited by J. Hudson, 1996. Contributor to periodicals, including Law Quarterly Review, English Historical Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Haskins Society Journal, Monash University Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Yale Law Journal, and Toronto Law Journal.

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