Jones, Robert (Bobi) Maynard
b Cardiff, S Wales 1929. Cathays High Sch, where he learned Welsh and soon became fluent in its written and spoken forms, and the Univ of Wales; he also studied at the Univ of Ireland and Laval Univ, Quebec, Canada. (BA 1949, MA 1951, PhD 1965, D Litt 1979). He taught at Llanidloes and Llangefin from 1952–56, then lectured for two years at Trinity Coll (of education) Carmarthen, before returning to Aberystwyth as Lecturer in Education in the Univ of Wales. From 1966 to 1989 he was the university’s Head of Dept of Welsh Language (teaching Prince Charles to speak Welsh and instructing him in revival history) and latterly Professor. While producing some work in English, he mainly used Welsh in his poems, novels, short stories, history and literary criticism, publishing many books and articles for journals between 1957 and 2004. From 1990 to 1995 he was a Vice-President of UCCF; in 1991 John Emyr wrote an essay showing how Prof Jones’s Christian faith was integral to his life’s work. RMJ lives in Aberystwyth. Nos.309, 702.