John Evershed

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John Evershed
Born (1864-02-26)26 February 1864
Died 17 November 1956(1956-11-17) (aged 92)
Fields Astronomy
Known for
Notable awards
Spouse Mary Ackworth Orr Evershed

John Evershed FRS[1] (26 February 1864 – 17 November 1956) was an English astronomer. He was the first to observe radial motions in sunspots, a phenomenon known as the Evershed effect.


Evershed was born in Gomshall, Surrey to John and Sophia (née Price) Evershed.[2] He made the discovery which bears his name in 1909.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1918 Evershed awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 1915.[1][3] The Evershed crater on the Moon is named in his honor.

Personal life[edit]

Evershed was married to fellow astronomer Mary Ackworth Orr Evershed, with whom he co-authored some work. He died in Ewhurst, Surrey on 17 November 1956.


  1. ^ a b c Stratton, F. J. M. (1957). "John Evershed 1864-1956". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 3: 40–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1957.0004. JSTOR 769351. 
  2. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

John Evershed in libraries (WorldCat catalog)