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Solomon Wolff Magnus

MAGNUS, SOLOMON WOLFF (1910–1992), Zambian lawyer and politician. Born in Russia, Magnus was taken to England as a child. He was educated at University College, London, and at Gray's Inn. Magnus practiced at the bar, and later served in British intelligence during World War II. He went to Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) in 1959 and in 1962 was elected to the Legislative Assembly. In 1968 he was made a High Court judge, serving until 1971. From the 1970s he again lived in England and was commissioner of the Foreign Compensation Commission from 1977 to 1983. He was active in Jewish affairs both in England and in Zambia, where he headed the Jewish community. Magnus was a prolific legal writer, especially on housing and tenant law, and was the author or coauthor of many standard legal textbooks.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.