David Yale

David Eryl Corbet Yale FBA, Hon. QC (born 31 March 1928), is a scholar in the history of English law. He was Reader in English legal history at Cambridge University from 1969 to 1993, and has been a life fellow at Christ's College since 1950.[1][2]

The son of an Army colonel, Yale was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge where he studied law. Upon graduating in 1949 with a starred first and then completing a postgraduate LLB in 1950, he was elected a fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge. He was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge from 1952 until his promotion to a readership in 1969.[3] He is a former Literary Director and President of the Selden Society (the latter from 1994 to 1997[3]), which in 1999 instituted the David Yale Prize in his honour, awarded biennially to a young scholar (under the age of 35) for a distinguished contribution to the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales.

Yale was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1980 and was appointed an honorary Queen's Counsel for England and Wales in 2000.[3]


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