The Guardian newspaper pays tribute to Anthony Evans, "a world-leading materials scientist who pioneered the use of brittle materials in such wide-ranging applications as jet engines, space-shuttle tiles, silicon chips and vehicle armour." Evans, who has died at the age of 66 of cancer, was the author of more than 540 scientific publications and is one of the most referenced authors in materials science, engineering and physics.

From 1998 to 2002, Evans was the Gordon Wu Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and also director of the Princeton Materials Institute.