Meurig Williams


 

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About Meurig Williams


My pic IEEE.jpg He was born and raised in Wales, and attended Oxford University in England where he received BA (first-class honors), MA and DPhil degrees in chemistry. As part of what was then referred to as the “brain drain”, he accepted a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley and became an American citizen. He is the holder of 15 US patents, and his multidisciplinary interests have resulted in publications in a wide range of journals across chemistry and physics. In retirement, he has continued the research he initiated at the Xerox Webster Research Center in New York into the triboelectric charging of insulating materials, which is one of the sciences underlying copier and laser printer technology. An overview of this was published as the cover page article in the July-August 2012 issue of The American Scientist entitled: WHAT CREATES STATIC ELECTRICITY?


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New Book:  What Is Wrong With The Welsh? Why Are They Mocked By The English?


meurig3.jpg "Mocking the Welsh is the last permitted bigotry” - The Spectator, 2009. It is entrenched in British lore, well documented by Shakespeare, and considered so disturbing that the Welsh Assembly has recently called for “an end to persistent anti-Welsh racism in the UK media”. Here, we explore reasons for this behavior, and trace its origin by delving into areas where the histories of Wales and England intersect. Both unfortunate and intrinsically unsavory characteristics of the English are identified, which are responsible for the mockery and other aspects of their culture.

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Shakespeare, in several plays, mocked the Welsh for their manners, language, temperament and outmoded attitudes. In Henry V, Fluellen is a Welsh captain in Henry V’s army. He is a comic figure, whose characterization draws on stereotypes of the Welsh at that time. He is shown here (left) intimidating the soldier Pistol while on campaign in France during the Hundred Years' War. Pistol had mocked Fluellen for wearing a leek in his cap on St. David’s Day, but Fluellen, in his flamboyant way, makes Pistol eat the raw leek. The name Fluellen is the anglicised version of the Welsh surname Llywelyn, the English finding it difficult to render the Welsh sound ‘Ll’. ...

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I have just published a book at Amazon. Title: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WELSH?  WHY ARE THEY MOCKED BY THE ENGLISH?  AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE.  Here is a summary: 

“Mocking the Welsh is the last permitted bigotry” - The Spectator, 2009. It is entrenched in British lore, well documented by Shakespeare, and considered so disturbing that the Welsh Assembly has recently called for “an end to persistent anti-Welsh racism in the UK media”. Here, we explore reasons for this behavior, and trace its origin by delving into areas where the histories of Wales and England intersect. Both unfortunate and intrinsically unsavory characteristics of the English are identified, which are responsible for the mockery and other aspects of their culture.

It is available as a paperback and soon in Kindle. 

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Brian y Tarw Llwyd
12/02/16 02:19:04PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:

Penblwydd Hapus i chi! Happy Birthday to you! May your day be full of good friends and family, and good cheer.
Pob hwyl
Brian
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Brian y Tarw Llwyd
12/02/13 03:01:02PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:

Congrats on your 5th birthday at AmeriCymru!

Penblwydd Hapus i chi! Happy Birthday to you! May your day be full of good friends and family, and good cheer.
Pob hwyl
Brian


Brian y Tarw Llwyd
12/02/12 03:27:07PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:

My, how time flies, eh? Penblwydd Hapus i chi! Happy Birthday to you! May your day be full of good friends and family, and good cheer.
Pob hwyl
Brian


Brian y Tarw Llwyd
12/02/11 01:56:38PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:

It is that time of year again, so Penblwydd Hapus i chi! Happy Birthday to you! May your day be full of good friends and family, and good cheer.
Pob hwyl
Brian


Brian y Tarw Llwyd
12/02/10 02:53:15PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:
Penblwydd Hapus i chi! Happy Birthday to you! May your day be full of good friends and family, and good cheer.Pob hwylBrian
Ceri Shaw
12/02/09 06:05:20PM @ceri-shaw:
Penblwydd Hapus!
Virginia2
06/22/09 02:10:41PM @virginia2:
Hi Meurig,Welcome to Americymru! Croeso!Virginia
Brian y Tarw Llwyd
06/22/09 02:07:50PM @brian-y-tarw-llwyd:
Shwmai! Hail and well met! Croeso y AmeriCymru, soon to be your favorite website! Hopefully :-) Check out the various interest groups, and the videos and music... wonderful stuff. And there are a lot of nice people here too. Hope you like what you find! Blessings to you this day.Brian y Tarw Llwyd
Ceri Shaw
06/22/09 12:04:16AM @ceri-shaw:
Hi Meurig ... Portland Oregon here. Originally from Cardiff. Croeso i Americymru. Gaabriel and I created this site less than a year ago as a Social and friendship site for the Welsh, Welsh ex-pats, persons of Welsh descent and Cymruphiles around the world. It has grown considerably since its foundation and we would like to extend a warm welcome to you....our latest member. Feel free to invite any friends that you think would be interested in joining. The network has many features which allow people with a shared love of Wales to communicate and share photos, videos, links, blogposts etc and we will be adding new features from time to time. Make yourself right at home. Once again...Croeso!
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