Famous Welsh Intellectuals & Academics

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Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
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Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

Bertrand Russell was a British polymath and Nobel laureate. His work, which is spread across various fields, has had a considerable influence on philosophy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, linguistics, and logic. Russell is also credited with leading the revolt against idealism in Britain and is regarded as one of the founders of analytic philosophy.

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Terry Jones
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Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: January 21, 2020
Starting his career as a comedy writer, actor-director Terry Jones later soared to fame as part of the Monty Python comedy team. An avid historian, too, he wrote several books and presented TV documentaries on the topic. In his later years, the BAFTA Cymru award winner struggled with dementia. 
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David Owen
(politician, physician)
David Owen
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Birthdate: July 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plympton

Apart from co-establishing the Social Democratic Party, British politician David Owen has previously also been a practicing physician. His many important posts include that of the foreign affairs secretary of state. He has also been part of major nuclear disarmament groups and has headed the Liverpool University as its chancellor.

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Asser
(Monk)
Asser
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Birthplace: Wales
Died: 0909 AD

Ninth-century Welsh monk Asser was a close associate and biographer of the West Saxon king Alfred the Great. Nothing much is known about his early life, though he eventually rose to become the bishop of Sherborne, Dorset. Some historians have suggested his Life of King Alfred may have been a work of forgery.

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John Owen
(Theologian)
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Birthdate: 1616 AD
Birthplace: Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, England
Died: August 24, 1683
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Henry Vaughan
(Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer)
Henry Vaughan
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Birthdate: April 17, 1621
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brecknockshire
Died: April 23, 1695

Anglo-Welsh metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan was a major literary figure of the Commonwealth period and is best remembered for Silex Scintillans. While he initially studied law, the Civil War disrupted his studies and he was called back home to serve Sir Marmaduke Lloyd. He was also a practicing physician.

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Gerald of Wales
(Clergyman)
Gerald of Wales
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Birthdate: 1146 AD
Birthplace: Manorbier Castle, Wales
Died: 1223 AD
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Richard Price
(Moral Philosopher and Mathematician Best Known for Editing, Publishing and Developing 'Bayes–Price Theorem')
Richard Price
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Birthdate: February 23, 1723
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Llangeinor, Wales
Died: April 19, 1791
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Ernest Jones
(Psychoanalyst)
Ernest Jones
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Birthdate: January 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gowerton, Wales
Died: February 11, 1958
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Dave Snowden
(Management Consultant)
Dave Snowden
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Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chipping Ongar,England
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Thomas Pennant
(Naturalist)
Thomas Pennant
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Birthdate: June 14, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Downing, Wales
Died: December 16, 1798

Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant is remembered for his extensive research on zoology, especially ornithology. Known for his books such as British Zoology and History of Quadrupeds, he traveled to Scotland and remote parts of Britain, writing about his expeditions in his travelogues and treatises.

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James Beattie
(Linguist, Poet, Translator, Philosopher, Writer)
James Beattie
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Birthdate: October 25, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
Died: August 18, 1803

James Beattie was a Scottish philosopher, moralist, educator, and poet. His philosophical writings and poetry, which opposed slavery, are widely viewed as the primary source of Immanuel Kant's knowledge of David Hume. James Beattie, who was among the members that established the Royal Society of Edinburgh, is one of the 16 personalities depicted on the famous Scott Monument.

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H.H. Price
(Philosopher)
H.H. Price
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Birthdate: May 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neath, United Kingdom
Died: November 26, 1984
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Owen Morgan Edwards
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Birthdate: December 26, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanuwchllyn, Wales
Died: May 15, 1920
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John Morris-Jones
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Birthdate: October 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anglesey, Wales
Died: April 16, 1929

Welsh academic John Morris-Jones was closely associated with the faculty of what is now known as Bangor University. Initially a student of math, he switched his focus to Welsh language and literature later. His efforts at infusing classical standards into Welsh poetry got him knighted later.

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Siôn Dafydd Rhys
(Welsh grammarian)
Siôn Dafydd Rhys
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Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Llanfaethlu, Wales
Died: 1609 AD