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WILLIAMS , EVAN JAMES ( 1903 - 1945 ), scientist ;

b. 8 June 1903 at Cwmsychpant, Cards. , the s. of James Williams , mason and Elizabeth (née Lloyd ) , his wife. He proceeded from the primary school at Llanwenog to the county school at Llandysul , and from there to the University College of Swansea , where he took a first-class honours degree in physics in 1923 . He pursued scientific researches at Swansea , Manchester and Cambridge , and had obtained the degrees of Ph.D. (Manc.) , Ph.D. (Cantab.) and D.Sc. (Wales) by 1930 . Between 1929 and 1938 he was lecturer successively at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool , and he was for a session ( 1933-34 ) at the University of Copenhagen . In 1938 he was appointed to the chair of physics at Aberystwyth , but his career there was interrupted by the outbreak of war, and from 1939 to 1945 he was engaged in scientific research in connection with the armed forces . He was elected F.R.S. in 1939 . He was a scientific officer at the Royal Air Force establishment at Farnborough , 1939-41 , director of research for the R.A.F. Coastal Command , 1941-42 , scientific adviser to the Navy on methods of combating submarines , 1943-44 , and assistant director of research in the Navy , 1944-45 . He d. 29 Sept. 1945 . A list of his publications and an appreciation of his work as a scientist and of the significant part which he played in the battle against submarines are given by P.M.S. Blackett in Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society , vol 5, No. 15, 1947 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? , 1941-50 ;
  • The Times , 2 Oct. 1945 ;
  • Western Mail , 2 Oct. 1945 and 20 Sept. 1961 ;
  • [ J. Tysul Jones , ed., Yr Athro Evan Jamesw Williams, D.Sc., F.R.S., 1903-1945 gwyddonydd o Gymro byd-enwog/a world famous Welsh scientist , Llandysul, 1970 (1970) ].

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001