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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Banana Pudding
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe, Austria, Germany
Favorite Quote:
Who Told You That?

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1942
Birth Location:
Macon, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Banana Pudding
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe, Austria, Germany
Favorite Quote:
Who Told You That?

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1942
Birth Location:
Macon
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Biography

Chemist and chemistry professor Billy Joe Evans was born on August 18, 1942 in Macon, Georgia. Evans grew up amidst the racism and segregation policies of the south during the 1950s. Evans’ father, Will Evans, worked part-time as a coordinator for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and went to Washington, D.C. to confer and strategize with founder and President A. Philip Randolph about how labor issues facing African American in Macon. In 1959, he graduated from Ballard High School, the largest high school in Macon, Georgia. Following graduation, Evans entered Morehouse College and he received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1963. Evans went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago. The State of Georgia paid the tuition difference between the University of Georgia and the University of Chicago, and in 1968 Evans earned his Ph.D. degree in chemistry. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled: “Order-disorder phenomena and hyperfine interactions in Spinel ferrites.”.

Evans accepted a position on the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1970 after performing some post-doctoral work at the University of Manitoba and teaching at Howard University. He has held research positions at the University of Marburg, the Naval Research Institute, and the Ford Motor Company. Evans initially started his work at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of geology and mineralogy, but he joined the chemistry department as an associate professor in 1974. Evans has continued to pursue his research in solid state chemistry. His primary interests include the synthesis and characterization of crystal/chemical structures properties that directly affect the quality of human environments. His contributions to the firld were recognized by the University of Michigan who promoted him to full professor in 1986. Evans is the principal or co-author of more than 90 scientific publications. Evans is the principal or co-author of more than 90 scientific publications. He has been invited to give lectures at the National Conferences on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, the International Conference on Magnetism, Gordon Conferences and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advanced Study Institute. Evans was named professor emeritus of the University of Michigan in 2007.

Evans has been the recipient of many honors and prizes for his dedication to the improvement of the quality and accessibility of higher education for all students and for his work in the sciences. In 1991, he was honored with the Statewide Distinguished Faculty Award. He received the 1997 American Chemical Society Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students in Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Evans’ professional awards include the 1995 Manufacturing Chemists Association Catalysts Award, the 1997 American Chemical Society Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students in Careers in the Chemical Sciences. The following year Evans was named the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering by the National Science Foundation.

Billy Joe Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 10/22/2012.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans describes his earliest childhood memory
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his involvement in the church growing up
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about George Washington Carver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his teachers at Ballard Hudson High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans talks about how he got into Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Morehouse College and Emmitt Till
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his math and science preparation for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his interests in the aeronautics field
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his role models and favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Billy Joe Evans talks about perceptions of African Americans in the medical field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Hamilton Holmes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his peers at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about the distinction between scientists and doctors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Dr. Henry McBay
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans talks about the differences between Southerners and Northerners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Dr. Henry McBay's teaching philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his experience in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about the State of Georgia's subsidization of black's education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his research experience at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his near death experience in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about receiving his post-doctoral appointment at the University of Manitoba
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Billy Joe Evans describes his dissertation, "Order, Disorder and Hyperfine Interactions in Spinel Ferrites"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his research on order/disorder in magnetic materials
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about how he came to the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Warren Henry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his experience at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his grants and professional activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his career prospects after completing his graduate studies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his experience at the Danforth Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his professional activities in Germany
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about the Program of Scholarly Research for Urban/Minority High School Students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans talks about the Comprehensive Studies Program and the Research Club at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his professional appointments with the AAAS and Atlanta University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his work at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his consultancy appointments with the Dynamic Testing Division, DuPont Merck, and the Louisiana State Board of Regents
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his consultancy appointment with the Inkster Michigan Public School System
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his awards
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Billy Joe Evans and Larry Crowe talk about Lloyd Ferguson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Billy Joe Evans talks about Dr. Henry McBay
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his awards and professional activities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Billy Joe Evans reflects on his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Billy Joe Evans reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Billy Joe Evans reflects on how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Billy Joe Evans describes his photos
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Billy Joe Evans describes his photos