Arthur Humble Evans

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Arthur Humble Evans FRSE (23 February 1855 – 28 March 1943) was a British ornithologist.[1]


He was born in Scremerston on the Northumberland coast on 23 February 1855, the son of Rev Hugh Evans, the local vicar. He attended school in Durham and here befriended Henry Baker Tristram who instilled in him his first love of ornithology.[2]

He graduated MA from Clare College, Cambridge in 1879 later also gaining a doctorate (DSc). He became a Lecturer in English History and Economics at Cambridge University, living at 9 Harvey Road in Cambridge.

From 1901 to 1912 he was joint editor of The Ibis magazine with Dr Philip Sclater.[3]

He made a study trip of South Africa in 1905 and Australia in 1914.

In 1924 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir Hugh Steuart Gladstone, George Muirhead, James Ritchie and William Eagle Clarke.[4]

He retired to Cheviot House in Crowthorne in Buckinghamshire in 1928 and died there on 28 March 1943.[5]



  1. ^ T. S. Palmer (Jan 1944). "Obituary: Arthur Humble Evans". The Auk. 61 (1): 177. JSTOR 4079637.
  2. ^ The Auk (magazine) 1 January 1944: obituaries
  3. ^ The Auk (magazine) 1 January 1944: obituaries
  4. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
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  6. ^ Richard Lydekker (24 May 1900). "Book Review: A Vertebrate Fauna of the Shetland Islands". Nature. 62 (5295): 75–76. doi:10.1038/062075a0.
  7. ^ William Turner's Avium praecipuarum, quarum Plinium et Aristotelum mentio est, brevis et succincta historia. Gymnicus, Cologne. ed Cambridge 1823; edited with transl. by A. H. Evans, Cambridge U. Press, 1903
  8. ^ IPNI.  A.H.Evans.

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