Hilary Topham Corke, writer, composer and mineralogist, was born in Malvern, Worcestershire on 12 July 1921. He was a Lecturer in English at Fuad I University, Cairo, 1948-51, and Lecturer in Medieval English Studies, Edinburgh University, 1951-55.He died in Abinger Hammer, Surrey on 3rd September 2001.
He served in the Royal Artillery during World War II, partly in Orkney. His poems appeared in the Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1918-1960). With others, he edited New Poems 1961: A P.E.N Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.