About Christopher Tower
Christopher Thomas Tower (1915-1998) read History at Christ Church from 1934 to 1937. During his schooling he won a number of prizes for poetry and English literature, as well as taking a keen interest in archaeology. These passions took him to the Middle East where he studied Arabic and Persian and held a number of official diplomatic appointments. He later settled in Athens to devote more time to his writing in retirement, writing nine illustrated books of poetry in his lifetime – mainly of Persian and Arab legends.
Christopher Tower left a legacy of £5m to be used by Christ Church to fund two teaching posts: a Poetry Studentship and a Tutorial Fellowship, together with an associated University Lecturership and a Junior Research Fellowship in Greek mythology. His donation also funds the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize.