Professor Emeritus Fred Cornish Obituary

News | Posted on Thursday 14 May 2020

Professor Emeritus Fred Cornish, who was Head of Department between 1967-1977 has died, aged 89.

Fred came to York as Professor in 1967 and was Head of Department from then until 1977. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University between 1975 and 1981; this included a period as Acting Vice-Chancellor in 1978.

Fred's main mathematical interest was General Relativity, on which he gave a popular third-year option. He was a model of academic life for younger staff, who held him in great esteem and affection, and was much admired for his integrity, selflessness and sense of fair play. 


(Obituary by Prof Emeritus Tony Sudbury. Photo by Christine Cockett)