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Wolfgang, Marvin E. (1924–1998)
Robert A. Silverman
In 1994, The British Journal of Criminology declared that Marvin Eugene Wolfgang was the English-speaking world's most influential criminologist. He was a pioneer in theoretical and empirical criminology and has had a lasting influence on criminal justice policy. His colleagues honored him during his lifetime with innumerable national and international awards and through high office in important professional organizations. Wolfgang was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, into a Pennsylvania-Dutch family. His mother died shortly after his birth. His grandparents raised him and encouraged him to go to college, the first of his family to do so. After a year at Pennsylvania State University, the government drafted him into the U.S. Army and sent him to North Africa and Italy during World War II. He finished his degrees on the GI Bill, first at Dickinson College and then at the University of ...