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JAMES , JOHN .

He was Defynnog 's brother; director of education in Glam. 1903-1929 . He had a brilliant academic career after having worked for a time in a grocer's shop in the Rhondda valley, Glam. At 16, as the holder of an open scholarship, he went to University College , Cardiff . Having taken a first-class degree ( London Univ. ) he went to Balliol College , Oxford , where he graduated with a first in mathematics. He gained a research B.Sc. degree and then proceeded to the Univ. of Erlangen , Germany , where he gained a Ph.D. in electronics. He did much to encourage the teaching of Welsh in the schools of Glam.

Sources:

  • Gwilym Arthur Jones , ‘David James (Defynnog) 1865-1928 in the context of Welsh education’, The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1978 , 267-84 (with bibliography).

Author:

Gwilym Arthur Jones, (1925-98), Bangor

Published date: 2001