Barton Warren Evermann

Barton Warren Evermann (October 24, 1853 – September 27, 1932) was an American ichthyologist.


Barton Warren Evermann

Evermann was born in Monroe County, Iowa,[1] and graduated from Indiana University in 1886. For 10 years, he served as teacher and superintendent of schools in Indiana and California. He was professor of biology at the Indiana State University in Terre Haute from 1886 to 1891. He lectured at Stanford University in 1893–1894, at Cornell University in 1900–1903, and at Yale University in 1903–1906.

In the early 20th century, as director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, he promoted research on the Revillagigedo Islands off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Mount Evermann on Socorro Island, the highest peak of the archipelago, was named in his honor. A species of lizard, Anolis evermanni, is named in his honor.[2]

In 1888, Evermann entered the service of the United States Bureau of Fisheries, became an ichthyologist in 1891, had charge of the division of scientific inquiry in 1903–1911, and from 1910 to 1914 was chief of the Alaska Fisheries Service. Evermann was fur seal commissioner in 1892 and became chairman of the fur seal board in 1908.

Evermann's family moved to Indiana while he was still a child and it was there that he grew up, completed his education, and married. While teaching in Carroll County, Indiana B.W. met fellow teacher Meadie Hawkins. They married on October 24, 1875. They had a son, Toxaway Bronte, born in 1879, and a daughter, Edith, born in 1894.[1]

Evermann died in Berkeley, California, aged 78.


  1. ^ a b "Inventory to the Papers of Barton Warren Evermann at the California Academy of Sciences Library". Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Beolens, B.; Watkins, M.; Grayson, M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Evermann", p. 86).

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