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WILLIAMS , BENJAMIN HAYDN ( 1902 - 1965 ), education officer ;

son of Benjamin and Margaret Jane Williams ; b. 9 Oct. 1902 , at Rhosllannerchrugog, Denbs. Educated at Ruabon grammar school , he was a pupil-teacher , 1921-22 , and then a student at Liverpool University . He gained a degree in science, with high honours in chemistry , and within two years graduated Ph.D. From 1927-31 he undertook research work with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in London . In 1931 he was appointed lecturer at Wrexham Technical College and was responsible for developing their chemistry department , specialising on the industrial side. In 1938 he came to the then Flintshire , as deputy Director of Education and became Director of Education in 1941 . He was a member of the Court and Council of the University of Wales and a member of several sub-committees. He was Chairman of the Council of the National Eisteddfod of Wales 1960-64 . He became well known as a pioneer of Welsh-medium schools , and with his characteristic energy established two Welsh secondary schools in Flintshire , the first two in Wales . He played a leading role in the campaign to promote Welsh television , and in 1961 became Chairman of the independent company Teledu Cymru , but the venture failed and came to an end in May 1963 . In 1929 he m. Sarah Hughes of Rhosllannerchrugog and they had two children. He d. 29 May 1965 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • The Liverpool Daily Post , 31 May 1965 ;
  • Western Mail , 31 May 1965 .

Author:

Moses John Jones, (1905-99), Mold

Published date: 2001