At the end of the war he returned to Aberystwyth college where he became professor of physics in 1946 . Over the years he gathered a team of scientists to his department to study the innumerable problems relating to stress, and his department became world-famous. He served a successful term as vice-principal of the college from 1954 to 1956 . He was visiting professor to the California Institute of Technology and the Reusselaer Polytechnic Institute , 1956-57 . He contributed a large number of articles to various scientific journals , the most important being ‘ A critical study of the Hopkinson pressure bar ’ in Trans. Roy. Soc. in 1948 . He was also co-editor and contributor to Surveys in Mechanics ( 1956 ), and was responsible for a series of radio lectures on modern science during the 1930s .
He had many recreations. He was organist and deacon for many years at Baker Street chapel , Aberystwyth . He kept a record of the hymns that were sung, so that the congregation seldom sang the same hymn more than twice a year. He was interested in the college sports and was treasurer of the town's football club . He m. in 1928 Elizabeth Florence , daughter of Thomas Davies , Aberystwyth , and they had one son who died young. He d. 18 Feb. 1958 aged 55.
Melfyn Richard Williams, Llanuwchllyn
Published date: 2001