Henry Reichel

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Sir Henry Rudolf Reichel (October 11, 1856 – June 22, 1931), was a founder of the University of Wales.[1]

Born in Belfast, the son of a future Bishop of Meath, Reichel was educated at Christ’s Hospital and Balliol College, Oxford. He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford from 1880 until 1894[2] He was appointed the first principal of the University College of North Wales, in Bangor.[3] He retained the post from the age of 28 until 1927 when he was 71.[4]

Linked to the Nationalist movement of Wales, he was the vice-chancellor of the University of Wales for six terms. Knighted in 1907, he had a quiet and reserved character, but was celebrated by many in Wales, and many tributes were given upon his death in 1931.

In June 1901 he received an honorary doctorate (LL.D) from the University of Glasgow during the university´s 450th jubilee.[5]

Painting of Sir Henry Reichel (1913)

Welsh Biography Online, National Library of Wales


  1. ^ “Sir Harry Reichel” The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jun 25, 1931; pg. 16; Issue 45858
  2. ^ ‘REICHEL, Sir Harry (Rudolf)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 31 Oct 2013
  3. ^ Welsh Biography on-line
  4. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg735 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  5. ^ "Glasgow University jubilee" The Times (London). Friday, 14 June 1901. (36481), p. 10.