Cliff Tucker was a British executive, magistrate and politician. He was educated at Monmouth School and St David's College, Lampeter. One of his first jobs after graduation was for Imperial Chemical Industries, but he moved, in 1946, to British Petroleum, and was loyal to that company until his retirement. His partner of 35 years was the gay-rights activist and literary critic A.E. “Tony” Dyson. In 1959 Dyson, together with C.B. Cox, founded the literary journal Critical Quarterly, described in New Pelican Guide to English Literature as "probably the most influential English literary-critical journal in the academic field over the post-war decades". Dyson followed Tucker's wishes and bequeathed the proceeds of their Hampstead home to Tucker's alma mater, which had become the University of Wales, Lampeter. As a result, there is now a scholarship for a Research Degree in History at the university named in Tucker's honour. In 1996, the construction of the new Cliff Tucker Lecture Theatre was also funded by the bequest, a public lecture series started in the Autumn of 2005, and a Dyson Fellowship in Poetry also launched that year. The Papers of Tony Dyson and of his partner, Cliff Tucker, are housed at the University of Manchester John Rylands Library Special Collections. A further box of his papers is held at LSE Archives.
Timeline & Places:
• December 18, 1912: born.
• 1930s: attended University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College St, Lampeter SA48 7ED, Regno Unito