He came to Wales as Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at the University College , Bangor ( 1921-34 ), ‘ Jock ’, as he was called, was a popular teacher at Bangor , and he made a gallant attempt at mastering Welsh ; he immortalized himself by making a tiny slip and calling Dr Thomas Richards , the well-known College librarian , llyfrgellydd , a llyfrgollydd — ‘book-loser’. He was vice-principal of the college ( 1926-28 ) and Dean of the Faculty of Theology ( 1922-34 ). He left Bangor for the Chair of Semitic Languages at Manchester University ( 1934-45 ), where he was also pro-vice-chancellor ( 1944 ); he was the Librarian of the John Rylands Library ( 1949-62 ). He gained a D.Litt. degree of St. Andrew's in 1913 , and received a number of honours: he was Gunning lecturer at Edinburgh University ( 1929-32 ), had an hon. D.D. degree of the universities of Wales and St. Andrew , and LL.D. of the University of Manchester , and was made president of the Society for Old Testament Study .
His field was manuscripts in the Semitic languages, on which he published several studies; he also edited the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library . After retiring he emigrated to Canada to be with one of his two daughters, and he d. there 29 Apr. 1964 .
Rev. Gwilym Henry Jones, M.A., Ph.D., D.D., Bangor / Menai Bridge
Published date: 2001