Francis Macdonald Cornford
Francis Macdonald Cornford, FBA (27 February 1874 – 3 January 1943) was an English classical scholar and translator. He is known for his influential work on ancient philosophy, particularly Plato, as well as Parmenides, Thucydides, and ancient Greek religion. Frances Cornford, his wife, was a noted poet. Because of the similarity of his forename to that of his wife, he was known to family as "FMC" and his wife as "FCC".
Cornford was educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow from 1899 and held a teaching post from 1902. He became Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy in 1931 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1937.
- Helena (1913–1994), married Joseph L. Henderson in 1934.
- John (1915–1936), poet and Communist who was killed in the Spanish Civil War.
- Christopher (1917–1993), artist and writer; the father of Adam Cornford
- Hugh Wordsworth (1921–1997), medical doctor
- Ruth Clare (1923–1992), the mother of Matthew Chapman
He was cremated at Cambridge Crematorium on 6 January 1943.
- Thucydides Mythistoricus (1907) argued that Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War was informed by Thucydides' tragic view.
- From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation (1912) sought the deep religious and social concepts that informed the early Greek philosophers. He returned to this in Principium Sapientiae: The Origins of Greek Philosophical Thought (posthumous, 1952).
- Microcosmographia Academica (1908), an insider's satire on academic politics, was the source of catch phrases such as the "doctrine of unripeness of time", "principle of the wedge", and "principle of the dangerous precedent".
- According to the preface to The Republic of Plato, translated with an introduction and notes (OUP, 1941), it "aims at conveying... as much as possible of the thought of the Republic in the most convenient and least misleading form."
- Reginald Hackforth, "Cornford, Francis Macdonald (1874–1943)", rev. David Gill, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004) Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- "Cornford, Francis Macdonald (CNFT893FM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Flora Bridge · Barrie Alfred Ernest Chapman · Amiya Kumar Chatterjee · Hugh Wordsworth Cornford... – Europe PMC Article – Europe PubMed Central
- Peter Wilby Pass the sickbag, Alice New Statesman 30 April 2009.
- Slavery was theft: we should pay New Statesman 10 September 2001.
- Microcosmographia Academica online
- British Academy Fellowship entry
- The Origin of Attic Comedy (1914)
- Greek Religious Thought from Homer to the Age of Alexander (1923)
- Greek Natural Philosophy and Modern Science a Lecture (1938)
- Works by Francis Macdonald Cornford at Faded Page (Canada)
- Works by or about Francis Macdonald Cornford in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Trinity College Chapel
- Francis Macdonald Cornford at Find a Grave
| Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Cambridge University
1930 – 1939