Francis Everitt at a NASA press conference
|Known for||Gravity Probe B, relativity|
C. W. Francis Everitt is a US-based English physicist working on experimental testing of general relativity. Everitt was educated at Imperial College London and the University of Pennsylvania in low-temperature physics. He is Professor at the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory of Stanford University and is also an Associate Member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC).
Everitt is Principal Investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission mainly aimed to test frame-dragging at an expected accuracy of 1%. According to general relativity, it is an effect induced by the rotation of the Earth on orbiting gyroscopes. Everitt spent more than 40 years on the project and was awarded with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. The results were published in Physical Review Letters in May 2011. The results confirm general relativity's predictions, though not to the project's ambitious goal of 1% precision. Besides, it is very hard to reproduce the measurement results by another independent institution for the scientific world to achieve the consensus. However, the technologies developed via GP-B program benefit experimental physical sciences in many ways.
As of November 2013, according to the NASA ADS database, the h-index of C.W.F. Everitt is 18, with a total number of citations (self-citations excluded) of about 900. The tori index and the riq index are 12.1 and 62, respectively.
- Kahn, Bob (May 9, 2005). "Stanford physicist Francis Everitt awarded NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal". Press release. Stanford University. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Everitt et al. (May 11, 2011). "Gravity Probe B: Final Results of a Space Experiment to Test General Relativity". Paper. Physical Review Letters. Retrieved Dec 4, 2011.
- Pepe, Alberto; Kurtz, Michael J. (November 2012). "A Measure of Total Research Impact Independent of Time and Discipline". PLoS ONE 7 (11). arXiv:1209.2124. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...746428P. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046428. e46428. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- Prof. Everitt webpage
- NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal to Francis Everitt
- Gravity Probe B homepage
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