F. M. Cornford
Francis Macdonald Cornford
27 February 1874
|Died||3 January 1943 (aged 68)|
Frances Cornford (m. 1909)
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Institutions||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Notable students||W. K. C. Guthrie|
Francis Macdonald Cornford (27 February 1874 - 3 January 1943) was an English classical scholar and translator known for influential work on ancient philosophy, notably Plato, Parmenides, Thucydides, and ancient Greek religion. Frances Cornford, his wife, was a noted poet. Due to the similarity of their forenames, he was known to family as "FMC" and his wife as "FCC".
Cornford was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow from 1899 and held a teaching post from 1902. He became the first Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy in 1931 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1937. He used wit and satire to propagate proposals for reforming the teaching of the classics at Cambridge, in Microcosmographia Academica (1908).