He was the son of David James, Baptist minister and his wife Mary, sister of ' Myfyr Emlyn ' (Benjamin Thomas), the poet-preacher. They had four sons and four daughters. His brother was Defynnog.
He had a brilliant academic career after having worked for a time in a grocer's shop in the Rhondda valley, Glamorganshire. At 16, as the holder of an open scholarship, he went to University College, Cardiff. Having taken a first-class degree (London University) 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 University of Erlangen, Germany, where he gained a Ph.D. in electronics.
He was the director of education in Glamorganshire from 1903-1929, and did much to encourage the teaching of Welsh in the schools of Glamorganshire.
Published date: 2001
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