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EVANS, Evan William, scholar, born near Swansea, Wales, in 1827; died in Ithaca, New York, 22 May 1874. He came to this country with his parents when a child, and was graduated at Yale in 1851. After studying theology in New Haven for a year he became principal of Delaware institute, Franklin, New York, and in 1855'7 was a tutor in Yale, accepting in the latter year the chair of natural philosophy and astronomy in Marietta College, Ohio, where he remained until 1864. He was then occupied for three years as a mining engineer, spent one year in European travel, and on the foundation of Cornell University was the first professor appointed, occupying the chair of mathematics there till 1872, when He resigned on account of failing health. Professor Evans was regarded as the best Celtic scholar in the United States.
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