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Wales is a small nation that has punched above its weight in just about everything. 

However, there are many people in wales (especially among the 50 + age group) who will happily tell you that the Welsh people are somehow uniquely a bit thick and not capable of running a country. 

This attitude is a result of being told this for many decades.
Before the widespread use of the internet, the BBC and English newspapers had a monopoly on the opinions of the Welsh people. They convinced many in Wales that Wales is just a 'principality' it 'isn't a real country' it has 'achieved nothing', Wales 'needs England' to survive, the welsh people 'are not capable of looking after their own interests' and lots more. 
This is complete nonsense, Wales has always punched above its weight and its time the people started to acknowledge this.
Welsh people have always been smart enough to run a small country.
Wales has made a huge contribution to the world considering its tiny population. 


Dr Lyn Evans, the son of a miner from Aberdare who grew up in a council house in Cwmbach, Welsh scientist who served as the project leader of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Based at CERN, in 2012 he became the director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organisation managing development of next generation particle colliders, including the International Linear Collider and the Compact Linear Collider.

Sir David Brunt, KBEFRS (17 June 1886 – 5 February 1965) was a Welsh meteorologist. He was Professor of Meteorology at Imperial College, London from 1934 to 1952. He was Vice-President of the Royal Society from 1949 to 1957. The Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica is named after him.

Kathleen E. Carpenter (1891–1970) was a British freshwater ecologist. She is best known for her early studies of the effects of metal pollution on Welsh rivers and their biota, as well as her book "Life in Inland Waters", the first textbook in English wholly devoted to freshwater ecology.

Alan Cox (born 22 July 1968) is a British computer programmer who has been a key figure in the development of the Linux operating system that runs on the overwhelming majority of web servers that operate on the modern internet. He maintained the 2.2 branch of the Linux kernel and continues to be heavily involved in the development of the Linux kernel, an association that dates back to 1991. He lives in SwanseaWales, where he lived with his wife Telsa Gwynne, who died in 2015.

Sir Tannatt William Edgeworth David KBECMGDSOFRS[1] (28 January 1858 – 28 August 1934), professionally known as Edgeworth David, was a Welsh Australian geologist and Antarctic explorer. A household name in his lifetime, David's most significant achievements were discovering the major Hunter Valley coalfield in New South Wales and leading the first expedition to reach the South Magnetic Pole. He also served with distinction in World War I.

Donald Watts DaviesCBEFRS[1] (7 June 1924 – 28 May 2000) was a Welsh computer scientist who was employed at the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL). In 1965 he developed the concept of packet switching, which is today the dominant basis for data communications in computer networks worldwide, and implemented it in the NPL network

Dianne Edwards CBE ScD FRS FRSE FLS FLSW (born 1942 ) is a palaeobotanist, who studies the colonization of land by plants, and early land plant interactions.

William Frost (28 May 1848 – March 1935) was a Welsh designer of an early flying machine, the Frost Airship Glider.

John Stephen Jones FRS (born 24 March 1944) is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution. He is one of the contemporary popular writers on evolution. In 1996 his writing won him the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize "for his numerous, wide ranging contributions to the public understanding of science in areas such as human evolution and variation, race, sex, inherited disease and genetic manipulation through his many broadcasts on radio and television, his lectures, popular science books, and his regular science column in The Daily Telegraph and contributions to other newspaper media".

Welsh innovators and inventors

Edward George Bowen pioneer of radar. Worked at 'Woomera Rocket Testing Base' in Australia. Born in Gendros, Swansea

David Brunt pioneer of modern meteorology. Head of Meteorological Office, secretary of Royal Society From Penfforddlas, Wales

Martha Hughes Cannon pioneer in women and children's medicine. The State of Utah's Health Department is named in her honor. Born in Llandudno, Wales

Archie Cochrane Founder of Cochrane Collaboration, Cochrane library, Cochrane reviews. UK Cochrane Centre in Oxford. Conducted much of his groundbreaking medical research in Wales

Alan Cox is a programmer heavily involved in the development of the Linux kernel since 1991

Donald Davies Proposed and developed packet switching, an important part of the internet. Born in Treorchy, Rhondda, Wales.

Walter Davies, along with his brother Thomas, invented the 'Stepney Spare Wheel' used on almost all early motor cars. Born in Llanelli, South Wales

John Dee Founder of the new school of English mathematical scientists in the 16th century. One of the greatest polymaths of all time

Bill Frost Welsh carpenter who patented the aeroplane in 1894 and took to the skies in a powered flying machine the following year, eight years before the Wright brothers attempt at Kitty Hawk. Born in Tenby

William Robert Grove Invented the fuel cell.

John T. Houghton Distinguished meteorologist

David E. Hughes First transmission of radio waves. Inventor of the microphone and printing telegraph system. A musician and philosopher

Arthur Edwin Stevens  inventor who designed the world's first wearable electronic hearing aid. He was also a philanthropist, becoming a major benefactor to the Royal Society of Medicine, and to Jesus College, Oxford,

John Gwyn Jeffreys conchologist (someone who studies shells). He helped pioneer deep-sea dredging. He corresponded with Charles Darwin and was involved with a number of scientific associations.

Ernest Jones Introduced psychoanalysis into Britain and North America.

Samuel Milton Jones Inventor, writer, and Mayor of Toledo, Ohio

Steve Jones Professor of genetics at the Galton Laboratory and University College, London

William Jones A noted mathematician published author and early naval navigator. First to use 'Pi' (1706) as a mathematical symbol

Brian Josephson Nobel Prize-winning physicist; gave his name to the superconducting Josephson junction

Bernard Knight Forensic pathologist, barrister and writer. Creator of the 'Crowner John' series, historic crime fiction. As a forensic pathologist, worked on the infamous Fred West case, recovering all twelve bodies.

Francis Lewis Signatory of the US 'Declaration of Independence' as one of the representatives from New York

Sir Thomas Lewis Born in Taffs Well, (26 December 1881 – 17 March 1945) was a British cardiologist(although he personally disliked the term, preferring cardiovascular disease specialist[] He coined the term "clinical science

Edward Lhuyd Fellow of Jesus College Oxford. Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum and the foremost Celtic scholar of his time. 

Terry Matthews 'Mitel' and 'Newbridge' Networks founder

William Morgan Inventor of the vacuum tubeCoolidge tube, Britain's first actuary, founding father of modern actuarial science. The unknowing discoverer of x-rays, a hundred and ten years before Roentgen.

William Henry Preece was an electrical engineer who was a major figure in the development and introduction of wireless telegraphy and the telephone in Great Britain

Richard Price Developer of the times tables for insurance scales

William Price re-introduced cremation to Britain.

Pryce Pryce-Jones Gave mail-order (catalog) shopping to the world.

Robert Recorde Very influential physician and mathematician. Robert published some of the most important books of his era including the first English language book on algebra which incidentally is where the equals symbol is first seen in use

Isaac Roberts Pioneered deep space photography at the end of the 19th century

Richard Roberts (engineer) Textile machinery, railway locomotives and other industrial inventions.

Bertrand Russell Philosopher, mathematician and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Russell is one of the most highly regarded academics of the 20th century. He popularized mathematics and proposed many groundbreaking theories.

David Thomas in 1837 invented a hot blast furnace process to make iron using anthracite coal in Ystradfera (Swansea Valley). transforming the iron-making process there and later in 1839 after relocating to Pennsylvania where he became the "father" of the American steel industry with his invention

Sir Tudor Thomas Eye surgeon from Swansea. He pioneered ophthalmic corneaplasty in the 1930s

Philip Vaughan Ironmaster who, in Carmarthen in 1794, patented the first design for a ball bearing.

Alfred Russel Wallace Conferred with Darwin (and Darwin with him) regarding evolution of species and acknowledged as theory co-founder by Darwin in his 'On the Origin of Species

Evan Williams Physicist, discoverer of the meson sub-atomic particles.

Ernest Willows pioneering aviator. 'The Father of British Airships' Born in Cardiff

Winston M Thomas Celtic Engineering Inc. Texas telecommunications. (Inventor) vehicle fuel locking device

Famous actors, a number are still in their prime and living in Hollywood but are still Welsh. 

Terry Jones

Matthew Rhys
Ivor Novello
Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Michael Sheen
Anthony Hopkins

Richard Burton

Christian Bale
Alexander Vlahos

Jonathan Pryce

Eve Myles
Ioan Gruffudd
Ruth Jones
Taron Egerton
Joanna Page
Rob Brydon
Luke Evans
Iwan Rheon


Bullet for My Valentine
Funeral for a Friend
Super Furry Animals
Goldie Lookin' Chain
Charlotte Church
Marina and the Diamonds
Bonnie Tyler
John Cale
Shakin' Stevens
Shirley Bassey
tom jones
Dave Edmunds
Donna Lewis
Bryn Terfel
Katherine Jenkins
Aled Jones
DJ Sasha

 National Eisteddfod of Wales is considered the largest music and poetry festival in Europe.

Artes Mundi art prize has been held every two years at the National Museum Cardiff. The prize is the biggest art prize in Europe. 

Cardiff Singer of the World competition is highly regarded the world over. 

Welsh medieval literature is among the oldest in Europe with the oldest surviving poetry. The Welsh language is the oldest LIVING language in Europe. 

Wales is one of the world leaders when It comes to the environment. 
In the top 3 in the world for recycling. 

Wales is no stranger to being the first of the UK nations to enforce legislation that benefits both human health and the environment. Since October 2011, there has been a minimum 5p charge on carrier bags in the country – a move which was followed by Northern Ireland in 2013, Scotland in 2014 and England in 2015.

In 2015, a ban on smoking in cars with passengers aged under 18 years old was enacted, which was again followed by their English neighbours. Scotland enforced a similar law a year later, while Northern Ireland has recently completed a consultation on its provision.

the pioneering Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 has been described by the United Nations as “world-leading”. Among other things

What can i add? sports people? 


  1. Bendigedig Brother BARN CYMRO!

    Ydy, I have been collating facts of Welsh achievement for around 30 years now infact some of what you have written are my words onto other websites

    Soon the young and youth of Cymru will be treayed to my Presentations on " The Welsh Have Done Llaregub For The World plus my book on

    "How The Welsh Assisted (Invented) The World

    This should bathe and inspire a "New Generation of Conscientious Accountables" to precede the Independence which shall soon be ours. Add to this "Social standards of Excellence" via signing the Welsh Governments e-petition "The Dignity Charter" as well and we will be on a more firm internationalist footing....................................!

    Dda iawn Brother Barn Cymro!!


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