Christopher Cornford
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Christopher Cornford

Christopher Francis Cornford (9 February 1917 - 8 April 1993) was a British artist and writer. A Communist Party member of the 1930s, after World War II he taught at University of Durham, Cambridge and the Royal College of Art.[1]


He was the son of Francis Cornford, and his wife Frances Cornford (née Darwin). Through his mother he was a great-grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. His elder brother was the poet, communist, and Spanish Civil War victim John Cornford. His son is Adam Cornford, British poet, librettist, and essayist.

He was active in politics until into the late 1980s, in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and its offshoot Cambridge Against Missile Bases, and in the environmental movement as a signatory of the Blueprint for Survival and an early member of the Ecology (later Green) Party in the UK.

Christopher Francis Cornford was cremated on 19 April 1993 at Cambridge Crematorium.


  1. ^ Frayling, Christopher. "Cornford, Christopher Francis". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/51618.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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