Named in honor of the Reverend Robert O. Evans, Australian amateur astronomer and discoverer of several extragalactic supernovae. Evans has successfully used a systematic visual search program to examine selected galaxies for supernova activity. Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by P. L. Dombrowski. He was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on 1993-02-06.
Reference: MPC 10845