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.