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September 1 - September 8, 1997
Volume 26, Number 2
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Political science professor Joseph Hamburger dies at age 75

Joseph Hamburger, the Pelatiah Perit Professor Emeritus of Political and Social Science, died in New Haven on Aug. 14. He was 75 years old.

A leading authority on 19th-century British intellectual history and political theory, Professor Hamburger recently completed a revisionist interpertation of John Stuart Mill's, "On Liberty"; it will be published by Princeton University Press in August 1998.

Professor Hamburger was a member of the Yale faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1992. He was appointed to the Pelatiah Perit chair in 1990. He had previously served the political science department as the director of graduate studies and also as director of graduate admissions. Professor Hamburger attended the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1942 and a Ph.D. in 1956.

Professor Hamburger is the author of numerous articles and books, including "James Mill and the Art of Revolution," "Intellectuals in Politics" and "Macaulay and the Whig Tradition." With his wife, Lotte Hamburger, he co-authored "Troubled Lives" and Contemplating Adultery," biographies of John and Sarah Austin. His work was supported with grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Earhart Foundation at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Foundation for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Annette, Philip and Jeffrey; a daughter-in-law, Dietlinde; and two grandchildren. Burial was private. A memorial service will be held in the near future.

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