Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameProfessor Francis CORNFORD, 8689
Birth1874
Death1943
Spouses
Birth1886
Death1960
FatherSir Francis DARWIN FRS , 5937 (1848-1925)
MotherEllen Wordsworth CROFTS , 8687 (1856-1903)
ChildrenJohn , 8690 (1915-1936)
 Christpher , 8694
Notes for Professor Francis CORNFORD
Francis Macdonald Cornford (27 February 1874 – 3 January 1943) was an English classical scholar and poet.

He was educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow from 1899 and held a university teaching post from 1902.[1] He became Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy in 1931 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1937.

His work 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 out the deep religious and social categories and concepts that informed the achievements of the early Greek philosophers. He returned to this theme in Principium Sapientiae: The Origins of Greek Philosophical Thought (posthumously published, 1952). In some circles he may be better known for his Microcosmographia Academica (1908), the classic insider's satire on academic politics. It is the source of a number of catchphrases, such as the doctrine of unripeness of time, The Principle of the Wedge, and Principle of the Dangerous Precedent.[2][3]

He married the poet Frances Darwin, daughter of Francis Darwin and granddaughter of Charles Darwin — she became known under her married name. They had five children; Christopher, Clare, Helena, Hugh, and the poet John Cornford. Matthew Chapman is their grandson through Clare.
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