Alun Roberts worked diligently to establish a strong department in Bangor and developed his own incomparable style of imparting knowledge to his students. He contributed numerous articles and papers to scientific journals. For a decade he lectured on biological topics in tutorial courses and he and R.E.V. Roberts were the first members of the panel of naturalists on a well-known radio programme, Byd Natur . His wide knowledge of Wales led to many requests to serve on a host of national bodies and commissions such as the management committee of the Welsh National Folk Museum ; the Agricultural Council for Wales ; the council of the Wales Forestry Commission ( 1946-53 ); the Lord Carrington Council on Agricultural Education ; he was first chairman of the Nature Conservancy ( 1953-56 ); the Welsh member of the Royal Commission on Common Land ( 1955-58 ); a member of the Nuffield Foundation team researching into Common Land in Wales and of the Water Resources Committee for Wales . From 1955-56 he was High Sheriff for the county of Caernarfon . In recognition of his contribution to agriculture he received a C.B.E. in 1962 . He was to be awarded an honorary D.Litt. in July 1969 but died in the Caernarfon and Anglesey Hospital on 19 May 1969 . His ashes were scattered on the slopes of the Cymffyrch , a stone's throw from his old home.
He was the author of numerous books, e.g. Y tir a'i gynnyrch ; Hafodydd brithion ; Welsh Homespun ; Y tyddynnwr-chwarelwr yn Nyffryn Nantlle ( Pen-y-groes Library Annual Lecture, 1968 ); Yr elfen fugeiliol ym mywyd Cymru (Radio Lecture, 1968 ) and co-author of Commons and Village Green ( 1967 ).
He m. Jennie , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Morris Williams , Cae Mawr , Tan'rallt , in 1924 , and they had one daughter.
Melfyn Richard Williams, Llanuwchllyn
Published date: 2001