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Sir Glanmor Williams dies
Sir Glanmor Williams
Sir Glanmor Williams has died at the age of 84
The renowned historian and expert on early modern Welsh history, Sir Glanmor Williams, has died after an illness.

Well known for his work as a teacher and broadcaster, Sir Glanmor was also a public figure with roles in a number of organisations.

Sir Glanmor was a lecturer and a professor at the University of Wales, Swansea between 1945 and 1982.

His career also included a 10-year post as vice president at Aberystwyth University.

Sir Glanmor was the BBC's National Governor for Wales between 1965 and 1971 and was granted the freedom of his home town Merthyr in 2001 and published his autobiography a year later.

It tells of his childhood in Dowlais in 1920, where he was the only child of working-class parents.

Educated at Cyfarthfa Castle School, Sir Glanmor later wrote of his childhood and youth in the close-knit community.

At the University College of Aberystwyth, he studied alongside fellow writers Alun Lewis and Emyr Humphreys and was an authority on the Tudors and the Reformation and had written on Welsh history and religion.

'Inspiring teacher'

Sir Glanmor's career at the university saw him spending 40 years as a university lecturer, 25 of them as history professor.

He was knighted in 1995 for his services to the history, culture and heritage of Wales.

Swansea University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies said Sir Glanmor Williams would be "sorely missed."

He said: "He was a distinguished historian and an inspiring teacher. His influence on the study of the history of Wales is incalculable. Just to meet him was a privilege.

"Colleagues and former students will all have treasured memories of his infectious enthusiasm and charming nature."

Sir Glanmor was also involved in the Board of Celtic Studies, the Pantyfedwen Trusts, CADW, the Broadcasting Council for Wales and the British Library Board.


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