Brinley Rees

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Brinley Roderick Rees (27 December 1919 – 21 October 2004) was a Welsh academic. He wrote extensively on Classics, particularly the study of the Greek language. Early work was devoted to Greek papyri; a later publication was devoted to the life and letters of Pelagius. He was educated at Christ College, Brecon, Wales, and Merton College, Oxford, and took his first academic position at Cardiff High School for Boys, where he was Assistant Master between 1947 and 1948.

Rees then started his long career in Higher Education. In 1948, he became Lecturer in Classics and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, then senior lecturer in Greek at the University of Manchester from 1956. From there, he went to the University of Wales College, Cardiff, where he was Professor of Greek from 1958 to 1970. During that time, he was also successively Dean of Arts (1963–1965) and Dean of Students (1967–1968). In 1970 he moved to the University of Birmingham, but stayed there only five years, for in 1975, he was appointed as Principal of St David's University College, the very first Principal in the college's long history who was not in holy orders. He was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, in 1975–1976 by virtue of his position as Principal of St David's.

Rees' time at Lampeter came to an end when he retired in 1980, but his involvement in Higher Education had not come to an end, for he was Vice-President of the University of Wales College, Cardiff, between 1986 and 1988.

In 1981, the University of Wales awarded him an honorary LLD in recognition of his service to the colleges at Lampeter, Cardiff and Aberystwyth. He died on 21 October 2004.

Academic offices
Preceded by
John Roland Lloyd Thomas
Principal of St David's University College
Succeeded by
Brian Robert Morris