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Williams, Sir Ifor (1881-1965), Knight, Welsh scholar and Professor of Welsh at University of Wales, Bangor

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Surname: Williams
Pretitle: Sir
Forenames: Ifor
Gender: Male
Date: 1881-1965
History: Williams gained a scholarship to the University College of North Wales, Bangor in 1902. He graduated with honours in Greek in 1905, and took honours in Welsh in 1906. He began work for his M.A. Degree in the Welsh Department in 1906. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in 1907. In 1920 he was given a personal chair, with the title of Professor of Welsh Literature. On the death of John Morris-Jones in 1929 the personal chair was discontinued, and Ifor Williams became Professor of Welsh Language and Literature. He retired in 1947. In addition, Williams was Chairman of the Board of Celtic Studies, 1941-58, President of the Anglesey Historical Society , 1939-54 and of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1949. He received the medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in 1938 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in the same year. He was knighted in 1947. In 1949 the University of Wales awarded him the degree of LL.D. honoris causa.
Places:
  • Bangor, Caernarfonshire
  • Pendinas, Caernarfonshire
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P216482
Online related resources Dictionary of Welsh Biography
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1908: testimonials
Bangor University, Archives and Special Collections
See Annual Return 2009

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