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HOWELLS , GEORGE ( 1871 - 1955 ), principal of Serampore College, India ;

b. 11 May 1871 at Llandafal Farm , Cwm, Mon. , the son of George William and Jane Howells . He received his early education at the Board School , Cwm , and later went to the Grammar School , Pengam . Having won the Ward Scholarship , he entered Regent's Park Baptist College , London . He graduated at the University of London , and then pursued his studies in Oxford at Mansfield and Jesus Colleges ; Christ's College , Cambridge ; and the University of Tübingen . He graduated at four universities, and received honorary degrees from the Universities of St. Andrews , Scotland ; Serampore , India ; and Wales .

Under the Baptist Missionary Society he went to India in 1895 , and his chief responsibility was literary and educational work. In 1907 he was appointed Principal of Serampore College , and remained there for a quarter of a century. He reestablished the college on the liberal foundations of William Carey , and preserved his highest ideals. From 1913 to 1929 he was a Fellow and examiner of the University of Calcutta , and in 1918 he was a member of the Bengal Legislative Council . He returned in 1932 , and was lecturer in Hebrew at Rawdon Baptist College until his retirement in 1935 . He d. 7 Nov. 1955 having made his home at Castleton , near Cardiff .

In 1913 he published The Soul of India , a series of lectures which he had delivered at the University of London in 1909 . He wrote the major portion, and edited the whole, of The Story of Serampore ( 1927 ) and contributed many articles to Indian periodicals, confining himself to education and theological problems.


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Emlyn Davies, Cardiff

Published date: 2001