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EVNS The Papers of Dr George Clifford Evans
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The Papers of Dr George Clifford Evans

Title The Papers of Dr George Clifford Evans
Reference GBR/0014/EVNS
Creator Evans, George Clifford, 1913-2006, Professor in experimental ecology
Covering Dates 1939–2006 (The majority of files date from the 1940s, with some correspondence from the 1990s until Evans's death in 2006.)
Extent and Medium 5 archive boxes; Mixed
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

George Clifford Evans was born in 1913. He lived in Germany at various times between 1933 and 1939, and studied at the Botanical Institute of the University (Giessen).

He held various positions at St. John's College, Cambridge

1937-46 Plant Physiology, Demonstratorship (University Lecturer, 1946)

1946-77 Plant Physiology, Lectureship (Reader in Experimental Ecology, 1977-79)

1977-79 Experimental Ecology, Readership (resigned 1979)

Evans served during the Second World War in the RNVR [Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve] as a Sub-Lieutenant in a number of different departments including the Intelligence division. He was stationed in the Shetland Islands, working at the coastal defense units [CDUs] later known as the admiralty experimental stations [AES].

Hand made radar equipment, under the guidance of Sir John Cockcroft [Assistant Director of Scientific Research in the Ministry of Supply] was installed on Fair Isle between Orkney and Shetland, one on the south end of Shetland, and one on the Orkneys. Evans helped to install the equipment and ensure its maintenance.

Evans's order for release came in December 1945. His fellowship at St. John's Cambridge as a University lecturer commenced the following Spring.

In later life, Evans wrote various articles and documents relating to his time at the AES. Evans married Jessie Margaret Hadfiela in 1940, and they had one son.


Quantitative analysis of plant growth. (University of California Press, Berkeley. 1972.)

The papers include reports, correspondence, photographs and research materials, including some xerox copies of other related archival documents.

The papers have been held by the family, and were deposited by Mr P Evans [son] after the death of Dr Evans, in September 2006.

The papers arrived in good order in cardboard files and boxes, and the original filing system has been retained with only minor amendments to bring together files on the same subject.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Dr George Clifford Evans, EVNS

Further information

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Sir John Cockcroft (reference code GBR/0014/CKFT) and Sir James Somerville (reference code GBR/0014/SMVL)

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge,

This collection level description and catalogue were prepared by Sandra Marsh in October 2006 using information from the papers.

Material from EVNS 4/7 can be located at the National Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.

Index Terms
Evans, George Clifford (1913-2006) Professor of Experimental Ecology
Churchill/EVNS contains:
1 Personal.
1 file.
2 Correspondence.
5 files and 1 volume.
3 Radar.
6 files and 1 volume.
4 Literary and reference materials.
7 files.
5 Photographs.
1 file.

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