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Paul Wilbur Tappan

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Paul Wilbur Tappan, American educator, author.


Tappan, Paul Wilbur was born on December 25, 1911 in Danbury, Connecticut, United States. Son of George Addison and Mildred Hazel (Carley) Tappan.


Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Clark University (scholar 1930-1934), 1934, Doctor of Laws, 1959. A.M., University of Wisconsin (fellow 1934-1936), 1935, Doctor of Philosophy., 1940. Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1943.

Post doctoral Interdisciplinary fellow, Social Science Research Council, 1943-1944. Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1943. Juris Doctor of Science, Columbia, 1945.


Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1936-1937. Instructor sociology, Miami University, 1937-1940, Queens College, 1940-1946. Visiting assistant professor sociology, New York, 1944-1946.

Associate professor sociology, New York University, 1946-1948, professor sociological and law (Washington Square College grad school, graduate division for public service and law sch), 1948-1962. Professor criminology and law University of California, Berkeley, since 1962. Summer schools University of California and St. Lawrence University.

Fulbright lecturer University of Melbourne, 1958. Walter E. Meyer visiting research professor Harvard Law School, 1963-1964. Special consultant, social defense section United Nations, 1952.

Special consultant commission on organized crime American Bar Association, 1952. Associate reporter, project on model criminal code American Law Institute, 1952-1962. United States National reporter, 3d International Congress of Criminology, London, 1955.

Chairman United States board of parole, Department of Justice, 1953-1954. Member board directors American Correctional Association, since 1953. Member professional council National Probation and Parole Association, since 1953.

General reporter 5th International Congress for Social Defense, Stockholm, 1958. Delegate 2nd United Nations Congress on prevention of crime & treatment of offenders, London, 1960. Rockefeller Foundation Grant research on parole, 1961-1962.


  • Author books, also science articles, relating to field. Editor: Contemporary Correction, 1951.


Member American (chairman contributed papers 1947-1949, chairman section on criminology 1962), Eastern sociological societies, National Probation and Parole Association, American Prison assosiation, New York Prison Association, American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Correctional Service Associates, American Academy Political and Social Science, New York State Bar, Clark Scholarship Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, Kappa Phi. Admitted to New York State bar, 1943.


Married Linda McDonald, September 4, 1941. Children: James Gregory, Donna.

George Addison Tappan

Mildred Hazel (Carley) Tappan

Linda McDonald

James Gregory Tappan

Donna Tappan