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R. William Jones (Great Britain)
Born on October 05, 1906, in Rome, Italy.
Passed away on April 22, 1981, at the age of 74.
Great Britain

Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on March 01, 2007.


  • Bachelor of Science (Springfield College, U.S.A.): 1928
  • Attended the Deutsche Hochschule für Leibesübungen, in Berlin, Germany (1929 and 1930), the Niels Bukh School of Physical Education, in Denmark (1929) and the Royal Institute in Stockholm, Sweden (1930)
  • Began to play basketball: 1921
  • Certificate in Pedagogy (University of Geneva, Switzerland): 1930
  • Director of Physical Education in Rome's YMCA: 1931-1939
  • Co-Founded FIBA on 18th June 1932, in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Secretary General of FIBA: 1932-1976
  • Orchestrated the admission of basketball into the Olympic program as of the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games
  • European Secretary of the YMCA World Alliance in Geneva, Switzerland: 1940-1956
  • Director of the UNESCO Youth Institute in Gauting, Germany: 1956-1966
  • Secretary General of the International Council of Sports and Physical Education: 1957-1968

Distinctions & Recognitions

  • German Olympic Cross, First Class: 1936
  • Polish Cross of Merit, First Class: 1945
  • Finnish Olympic Cross, First Class: 1952
  • Honorary Member of the French, German, Italian and Swiss Basketball Federations
  • Gold Badge of the German, Italian, Polish and Spanish Basketball Federations
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Humanics (Springfield College): 1963
  • Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA: 1976-1981
  • FIBA Order of Merit in 1994