David Eryl Corbet Yale 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.,
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. He is a former Literary Director and President of the Selden Society (the latter from 1994 to 1997), 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.
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