William Wade (legal scholar)

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Professor Sir
Henry William Rawson Wade
Born (1918-01-16)January 16, 1918
Died March 12, 2004(2004-03-12) (aged 86)
Fields Constitutional law, United Kingdom administrative law
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Spouse Marie Osland-Hill (m. 1943; d. 1980)
Marjorie Hope-Gill (m. 1982; d. 2001)[1]
Children 2 sons

Sir Henry William Rawson Wade QC FBA (16 January 1918 – 12 March 2004), known as William Wade, was a British academic lawyer, best known for his work on the law of real property and administrative law.[2]

Wade was educated at Shrewsbury School and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. After a fellowship at Harvard University, he began his career as a civil servant in the Treasury, before being elected to a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1946. From 1961 to 1976 he was Professor of English Law at Oxford University and a fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and from 1978 to 1982 Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge University; from 1976 to 1988 he was Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He held the degrees of MA and LLD, and the honorary degree of LittD from Cambridge University.

In 1985, he gave evidence for the defence at the trial of Clive Ponting for an alleged breach of the Official Secrets Act for revealing details of the conduct of the Falklands war, at which Ponting was acquitted.[3]

Wade was an oarsman, mountaineer and a keen gardener in latter years.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Needham
Master of Gonville and Caius College
Succeeded by
Peter Gray


  1. ^ Professor Sir William Wade, The Telegraph, 18 Mar 2004
  2. ^ Professor Sir William Wade, Q.C. passes away, cam.ac.uk, Thursday 22nd April 2004.
  3. ^ Sir William Wade, Guardian, 24 March 2004

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