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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
By Any Means Necessary.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1965
Birth Location:
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
By Any Means Necessary.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1965
Birth Location:
Ann Arbor
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Biography

Research physicist and research manager William J. Evans was born on September 16, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois to Billy Joe and Allie Bell Evans. He received his B.S. degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Evans went on to attend Harvard University, where he earned his S.M. degree and Ph.D. degrees in physics.

In 1995, Evans was hired as a full-time staff researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At LLNL, Evans works with scientists from multiple academic disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics to solve global problems. Although Evans received his education in physics, his work at LLNL encompasses aspects of physics, chemistry, and materials science. Such an interdisciplinary approach allowed him to understand the complex behavior of materials under high temperature and pressure conditions.

In 2008, Evans was promoted to research manager at LLNL, where he managed the research of all staff scientists in the high pressure physics group. The group’s research focused on ultrahigh-pressure diamond anvils, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering among other things. Evans and his team of LLNL research scientists built an anvil, or pressure device, using flattened diamonds as the pressure surface. These diamond anvils allowed Evans to determine what happens to other materials as they get “squashed” by the diamonds.

Evans has published numerous scientific research articles in journals such as, Physical Review, Nature Materials, and the International Journal of High Pressure Research. Evans is also a member of several academic and professional societies, including the American Physical Society (APS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Optical Society of Americs. He serves the community by judging youth science fairs in Livermore, California where he works and lives.

William J. Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 5, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Evans lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Evans describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Evans describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Evans describes where his father attended college and graduate school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Evans talks about his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Evans talks about his father's career as a scientist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Evans describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Evans describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Evans talks about his growing up near the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Evans talks about his study routine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Evans talks about his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Evans talks about his experiences while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Evans talks about having access to his father's chemistry lab as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Evans talks about living in Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Evans talks about his family as well as his brother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Evans describes how he chose to attend the California Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Evans talks about his growing up during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Evans talks about his accomplished parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Evans talks about his high school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Evans talks about some of his professors at the California Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Evans talks about the physics program at the California Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Evans talks about the impact of emerging information technologies on physics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Evans talks about his studies at California Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Evans talks about his decision to attend Harvard University for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Evans talks about his experience at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Evans describes his dissertation about the behavior of hydrogen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Evans talks about his dissertation and Carl Sagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Evans talks about his work at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Evans describes his work with beryllium
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Evans talks about his experience working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Evans talks about the lack of minority representation in the physical sciences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Evans talks about the work culture at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Evans talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Evans talks about the uses of metalized hydrogen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Evans talks about his desire to support underrepresented communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Evans reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Evans talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Evans describes his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Evans talks about what he would like to see accomplished in the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Evans talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Evans talks about how he would like to be remembered