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Authorised form of nameEvans; Sir; Frederick John Owen (1815 - 1885)
SurnameEvans
ForenamesFrederick John Owen
Dates1815 - 1885
Dates and placesBirth:
09 or 25 March 1815
Death:
His residence, 21 Dawson Place, Pembridge Square, London (20 December 1885)
ActivityResearch Field:
Hydrography, geomagnetism
Career:
Enter Royal Navy as second class volunteer (1828); surveyed the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reed and the Torres Straits (1841-1846); Superintendent of the Compass Department, Royal Navy, working with Archibald Smith (FRS 1856) (1855); Captain (1872); Hydrographer to the Royal Navy (1874)
Honours:
CB 1873; KCB 1881
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
5/06/1862
Council:
VP 1884-1885
RelationshipsSon of John Evans, Master, Royal Navy; married (1846) Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Captain Charles Hall RN
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1886 vol 40 pp i-vii signed by G H R
References:
Charles H Cotter, 'The Royal Society and the Deviation of the Compass' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 297-309
Notes:
DNB, DSB and Boase give birth date as 9 March 1815; index to BR gives 25 March 1815
Royal Society codeNA2166
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/21/96Letter from Sir Frederick John Owen Evans to Joseph Dalton Hooker, President, Royal Society10 December 1875
MS/769/25Letter from Frederick John Owen Evans, Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, to [Walter] White28 December 1883
RR/4/82Letter from George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Reduction and discussion of the deviations of the compass observed on board of all the iron-built ships, and a selection of the wood-built steam-ships in Her Majesty's Navy, and the iron steam-ship 'Great Eastern'' by Frederick John Evans27 June 1860
RR/4/83Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Reduction and discussion of the deviations of the compass observed on board of all the iron-built ships, and a selection of the wood-built steam-ships in Her Majesty's Navy, and the iron steam-ship 'Great Eastern'' by Frederick John Evans25 April 1860
RR/4/86Letter from John Washington, on a paper 'Reduction and discussion of the deviations of the compass observed on board of all the iron-built ships, and a selection of the wood-built steam-ships in Her Majesty's Navy, and the iron steam-ship 'Great Eastern'' by Frederick John Evans7 May 1860
RR/4/245Referee's report by Edward Sabine, on a paper 'On the effect produced on the deviations of the compass by the length and arrangement of the compass-needles; and on a new mode of correcting the quadrantal deviation' by Archibald Smith and Frederick John Owen Evans12 June 1861
RR/6/116Referee's report by George Henry Richards, on a paper 'On the amount and changes of the polar magnetism at certain positions in Her Majesty's iron-built and armour-plated ship 'Northumberland'' by Frederick John Evans22 May 1868
RR/6/115Referee's report by Archibald Smith, on a paper 'On the amount and changes of the polar magnetism at certain positions in Her Majesty's iron-built and armour-plated ship 'Northumberland'' by Frederick John Evans22 May 1868
RR/7/65Referee's report by Frederick John Owen Evans, on a paper 'Contributions to terrestrial magnetism - No. XII. The magnetic survey of the British Islands, reduced to the epoch 1842·5' by Edward Sabine11 July 1870
RR/4/85Letter from Archibald Smith, on a paper 'Reduction and discussion of the deviations of the compass observed on board of all the iron-built ships, and a selection of the wood-built steam-ships in Her Majesty's Navy, and the iron steam-ship 'Great Eastern'' by Frederick John Evans29 June 1860
RR/7/178Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'On the present amount of westerly magnetic declination [variation of the compass] on the coast of Great Britain, and its annual changes' by Frederick John Owen Evans2 July 1872
MS/427/355Copy letter from [Thomas Henry] Huxley, President of the Royal Society; to J. W. Underhill, Hydrogr[aphic] Department, Admiralty3April 1884
RR/4/84Referee's report by Archibald Smith, on a paper 'Reduction and discussion of the deviations of the compass observed on board of all the iron-built ships, and a selection of the wood-built steam-ships in Her Majesty's Navy, and the iron steam-ship 'Great Eastern'' by Frederick John Evans16 October 1860
RR/4/244Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'On the effect produced on the deviations of the compass by the length and arrangement of the compass-needles; and on a new mode of correcting the quadrantal deviation' by Archibald Smith and Frederick John Owen Evans17 May 1861
RR/8/210Referee's report by Frederick John Owen Evans, on a paper 'A magnetic survey of the fortieth parallel in North America between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Salt Lake Utah' by Thomas Edward Thorpe18 June 1879
RR/5/70Referee's report by Thomas Romney Robinson, on a paper 'On the magnetic character of the armour-plated ships of the royal navy, and on the effect on the compass of particular arrangements of iron in a ship' by Frederick John Owen Evans and Archibald Smith22 April 1865
EC/1862/06Evans, Sir Frederick John Owen: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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