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Samuel, Edwin


SAMUEL, EDWIN, Second Viscount (1898–1978), public administrator and writer. Samuel served in the British army in Palestine in World War i and on the staff of the Zionist Commission headed by Chaim Weizmann. He joined the British Colonial Service and was appointed a district officer in Palestine, where he was director of broadcasting during the last three years of the Mandate. In 1945 he established the nucleus of what later became Israel's Institute of Public Administration, of which he was principal. He divided his time between Britain and Israel, where he lectured on British institutions and political theory. He was the Encyclopaedia Judaica departmental editor for the State of Israel. He published a number of books, among them Problems of Government in the State of Israel (1956), The Theory of Administration (1947), and The Social Structure of Israel (1969). His memoirs, A Life Time in Jerusalem, were published in 1970. He also wrote short stories.


R.J. D'Arcy Hart (ed.), The Samuel Family of Liverpool and London from 1755 Onwards… (1958). add. bibliography: C. Bermant, The Cousinhood (1971), index.

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