Emrys Evans

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For the rugby union and rugby league footballer of the 1930s and '40s for Wales (RU), Llanelli, Wales (RL), and Salford, see Emrys Evans (rugby).

Sir David Emrys Evans (29 March 1891 – 20 February 1966) was a Welsh classicist and university principal.


Evans, from Clydach, Glamorgan, was educated at University College, Bangor and then at Jesus College, Oxford, where he obtained a B. Litt. degree. He taught at the secondary school in Pentre from 1918, before becoming assistant lecturer in classics at Bangor. In 1921, he was appointed as the first professor of classics at Swansea University, and later succeeded Sir Henry Reichel as Principal of Bangor. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales and as deputy chairman of the Boundary Commission for Wales. He was knighted in 1952 and became a freeman of Bangor on his retirement from the university in 1958. His published works included a translation of Plato's Republic from Greek into Welsh. He died in Bangor on 20 February 1966 at the age of 74.[1]


  1. ^ "Sir Emrys Evans". The Times. 22 February 1966. p. 12.