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EVANS , LEWIS ( 1755 - 1827 ), mathematician ;

b. at Caerleon-on-Usk , he was the son of THOMAS EVANS ( 1716 - 1774 ), of Bassaleg, Mon. , cleric and schoolmaster , and the grandson of a RICE EVANS of whom nothing further is known. Lewis Evans , after a clerical career , became first mathematical master at Woolwich Military Academy , and was elected F.R.S. ( 1823 ). His Welsh birth would barely justify his inclusion here, for he had no other contact with Wales , but the remarkable record of his family deserves summary mention. His younger son, ARTHUR EVANS ( 1781 - 1854 ), schoolmaster and author , was the father of Sir JOHN EVANS ( 1823 - 1908 ), the famous archaeologist and numismatist , and of SEBASTIAN EVANS ( 1830 - 1909 ), glass designer and man of letters . Sir John 's son, Sir ARTHUR EVANS ( 1851 - 1941 ), keeper of the Ashmolean Museum , was even more famous, for his excavations in Crete . In addition to the articles in the D.N.B. or its supplements on all these, there is a monograph on the family, Time and Chance , 1943 , by Joan Evans .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959