William PatersonIn hmolscience, William Paterson (1745-1806) was an Irish-born American statesman, governor, US Supreme Court judge, and signer of the US constitution, noted for his 1795 comparisons of the social and planetary realms. [1] American criminal justice professor Curtis Blakely cites this as the first recorded comparison of its kind by a criminal justice official. [2]

Paterson graduated from Princeton and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1768.

Paterson was one of the founders of the Whig-Cliosophic Society, Princeton’s literary and debate club, which had in its circle John Witherspoon and James Madison—two notable social physics and social mechanics theorists, according to American physicist John Q. Stewart, founder of the Princeton Department of Social Physics.

See also
Francesco Algarotti
Maurice Hauriou

1. Commission on the Bicentennial of the United State Constitution. (1992). The Supreme Court of the United States: It’s Beginnings and its Justices, 1790-1991. U.S. Government Printing Office.
2. Blakely, Curtis R. (2014). “Applying Humanized Physics to Penology: Parallels Between Natural and Social Realms”, JHT submission, 12-pg draft preprint, received 6 Sep 2013.

External links
William Paterson (judge) – Wikipedia.

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