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Celtic languages and literature educator

David Ellis Evans, British Celtic languages and literature educator. Fellow British Academy; member American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign honorary member), Royal Irish Academy (honorary member).


Evans, David Ellis was born on September 23, 1930 in Llanfynydd, Wales, United Kingdom. Son of David and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Evans.


Master of Arts, University Wales, 1954. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Wales, 1993. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oxford, England, 1962.

Master of Arts, University Oxford, England, 1978.


After studying at Jesus College, Oxford and receiving a doctorate from the University of Oxford, he lectured at the University of Wales, Swansea from 1957 to 1978, rising to become Professor. In 1978, he returned to Oxford University as Jesus Professor of Celtic and also became a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College. He was appointed as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1983, having delivered the Academy's Sir John Rhys Memorial Lecture in 1977, named in honour of the first Oxford Celtic Professor.

He retired in 1996. His particular research interest was early Celtic culture throughout Europe, dealing with its relationship with that of the classical world, and in the history of the Celtic languages and the early literatures of Wales and Ireland. A volume of essays on these topics by fellow Celticists was published in honour of his 65th birthday in 1995.



Fellow British Academy. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign honorary member), Royal Irish Academy (honorary member).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, walking.


Married Sheila Mary Jeremy, July 31, 1957. Children: Sian Elisabeth, Nia Catrin.

David Evans

Sarah Jane (Lewis) Evans

Sheila Mary Jeremy

Sian Elisabeth Evans

Nia Catrin Evans