Oxford Today, Trinity Issue, 1999


David Daube, who died aged 90 on 24 Februrary, was Regius Professor of Civil Law (and Fellow of All Souls) from 155 to 170. Born and educated at Freiburg, he took his doctorate at Gottingen in 1932 before emigrating to Britain, where he took a second doctorate at Cambridge in 1935. He held a fellowship at Caius and then a professorship of Jurisprudenceat Aberdeen (1951-5).

He is well remembered as a brilliant and entertaining teacher of law. From Oxford he moved to Berkeley, and spent the rest of his life in California, continuing his close study of the texts of Roman law, as well as the study of biblical and Talmudic law to which he made many enduring contributions.