Francis Everitt

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C. W. Francis Everitt
Francis Everitt at a NASA press conference
Born (1934-03-08) 8 March 1934 (age 89)
Alma materImperial College London
Known forGravity Probe B, relativity
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship, History of Science and Technology 1976 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal 2005
Scientific career
ThesisStudies in the magnetism of baked and igneous rocks (1959)
Doctoral advisorJohn Atherton Clegg

Charles William Francis Everitt (born 8 March 1934) 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.[1] 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.[2] The results confirm general relativity's predictions, though not to the project's ambitious goal of 1% precision.

In 1985, along with Remo Ruffini, Riccardo Giacconi, Abdus Salam, Paul Boynton, George Coyne, and Fang Li-Zhi, Professor Everitt co-founded the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics. Everitt is the current Chairman of the ICRANet Steering Committee for the ICRANet Center at the Leland Stanford Junior University.

Bibliometric information[edit]

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[3] index and the riq[3] index are 12.1 and 62, respectively.


  1. ^ Kahn, Bob (9 May 2005). "Stanford physicist Francis Everitt awarded NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal". Press release. Stanford University. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ Everitt; et al. (11 May 2011). "Gravity Probe B: Final Results of a Space Experiment to Test General Relativity". Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society (APS). 106 (22): 221101. arXiv:1105.3456. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.221101. PMID 21702590. S2CID 11878715. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Pepe, Alberto; Kurtz, Michael J. (November 2012). "A Measure of Total Research Impact Independent of Time and Discipline". PLoS ONE. 7 (11): e46428. arXiv:1209.2124. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...746428P. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046428. PMC 3492370. PMID 23144782. e46428.

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