Fiftieth Anniversary

October 2018 was the fiftieth anniversary of starting my undergraduates studies at University College of Wales Aberystwyth as described in the second volume of my autobiography. In October 1968 the Principal was a great scholar and poet, a fluent Welsh speaker of course. He was Prof. Sir Thomas Parry, whose work on my ancestral cousin Dafydd ap Gwilym is still definitive: “Gwaith Dafydd ap Gwilym”. In those fifty years the College has declined severely, it has been flooded with students for the sake of money and not learning, and its world rankings are mediocre to poor. Whoever is responsible for this assault on Welsh speaking Wales should be severely criticized and the ideal of the University of Wales re established: a University in and for Wales offering free but high quality education to those who are rigorously bilingual. I become by far the most productive Alumnus in the history of the College. I refuse to recognize the illegal dissolution of the University of Wales, and work as a Scientiae Doctor of the University. I also refuse to recognize the closure of the Edward Davies Chemical Laboratories, and have just moved my office from Room 262 about seventy miles south. Aberystwyth has failed to give me any support for my work, so it has nothing of value to offer at present. It should be leading the revival of the Welsh language.


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