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Marvin Wolfgang

Born: Nov 14, 1924

Death: Apr 12, 1998

Birthplace: Millersburg

Nationality: United States

Marvin Wolfgang

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1924
Date of Death : Apr 12, 1998
Birth Place : Millersburg

Marvin Eugene Wolfgang was an American sociologist and criminologist. Wolfgang was a soldier in World War II and participated in the Battle of Monte Cassino. After the war he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where his principal teacher was Thorsten Sellin. Wolfgang earned the academic titles of MA and PhD. Until his death in 1998 he was a professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1964, he published The Measurement of Delinquency, which was the first study of the true impact of crime on society. Three years later, he completed The Subculture of Violence: Towards and Integrated Theory in Criminology, which focused on high rates of violence among blacks and the influence of a black subculture. Wolfgang wrote over 30 books and 150 articles throughout his life. His most famous work, Delinquency in a Birth Cohort, was published in 1972. This book marked the beginning of large-scale studies of crime and delinquency. It was a study of over 10,000 boys born in Philadelphia in 1945.

Also known as

  • Marvin E Wolfgang
  • Marvin Eugene Wolfgang

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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