Herbert McLean Evans


1882–1971 American anatomist and biologist whose scientific achievements included, the discovery of Evans blue dye (widely used for estimating mammalian and human blood volume), biological analysis of the oestrus cycle in the rat, the isolation and analysis of the hormones of the anterior pituitary, and the discovery and initial characterization of vitamin E.

Keywords: anatomist; biologist

Further Reading

Amoroso EC and Corner GW (1972) Herbert McLean Evans, 1882–1971. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 18: 83–186.

Corner GW (1974) Herbert McLean Evans, 1882–1971: a biographical memoir. Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences 45: 153–192.

Evans HM and Bishop KS (1923) On the existence of a hitherto unknown dietary factor essential for reproduction. American Journal of Physiology 63: 396–397.

Evans HM and Long JA (1922) The oestrus cycle in the rat and its associated phenomena. Memoirs of the University of California 6(2): 148.

Evans HM, Emerson OH and Emerson GA (1926) The isolation from wheat germ of an alcohol, alpha‐topcopherol, having the properties of vitamin E. Journal of Biological Chemistry 113: 319–332.

Evans HM, Meyer K, Simpson ME et al. (1993) The growth and gonad stimulating hormones of the anterior hypophysis. Ibid II(xii): 446.

Raacke ID (1977) ‘The Die is Cast – I am Coming Home’: The appointment of Herbert McLean Evans as Head of Anatomy at Berkeley. Journal of the History of Biology 9: 301–322.

Simpson ME et al. (eds) (1943) Essays in Biology in Honor of Herbert M. Evans. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Swazey JP and Reeds K (1978) Disease and the ductless gland. Today's Medicine, Tomorrow's Science: Essays on Paths of Discovery in the Biomedical Sciences, pp. 53–72, Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health.

Zeitlin JI (1972) Herbert M. Evans: Pioneer collector of rare books in the history of science. Isis 62: 507–509.

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Long, Diana E(Oct 2002) Herbert McLean Evans. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003572]