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The Papers of Dr George Clifford Evans

Reference Code: GBR/0014/EVNS

Scope and Contents

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


  • Creation: 1939 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

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


5 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



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.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Existence and Location of Originals

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

Related Materials

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)


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

Date information

DateText: The majority of files date from the 1940s, with some correspondence from the 1990s until Evans's death in 2006.


Evans, George Clifford, 1913-2006, Reader in Experimental Ecology

2006-10-13 11:27:05+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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