(1924 – 1993)
E.P.Thompson was a British historian and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his ground-breaking work of social history, The Making of the English Working Class, which was first published in 1963 and has never been out of print. As well as other historical works, he also wrote a novel, a collection of poetry and books about his father, E.J. Thompson (Alien Homage) and his brother, Frank (Beyond the Frontier). He renounced his membership of the Communist Party in 1957, but his Marxist values inform much of his work. He was active in the peace movement, an early supporter of CND and a founder member of END (European Nuclear Disarmament), and gave over many years of his writing life to raising awareness about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and, more generally, the danger of increasing militarisation in Europe and the USA. A list of publications can be found here.
There are many short biographies online for those who want more detail, but be aware that many of these contain inaccuracies. There are also more comprehensive published studies, some of which are listed as secondary works on the Publications page .