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George F. R. Ellis

cosmologist from South Africa

1939   -  

country of citizenship: South Africa
language of expression: English
educated at: Michaelhouse
occupation: physicist, mathematician, university teacher, non-fiction writer, astronomer
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society, Templeton Prize, Honorary doctoral degree of the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, Silver Order of Mapungubwe, Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, John F.W. Herschel Medal
student of: Dennis W. Sciama

George Francis Rayner Ellis, FRS, Hon. FRSSAf (born 11 August 1939), is the emeritus distinguished professor of complex systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, published in 1973, and is considered one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology. From 1989 to 1992 he served as president of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. He is a past president of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is an A-rated researcher with the NRF. Ellis, an active Quaker, was a vocal opponent of apartheid during the National Party reign in the 1970s and 1980s, and it is during this period that Ellis's research focused on the more philosophical aspects of cosmology, for which he won the Templeton Prize in 2004. He was also awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa by Nelson Mandela, in 1999. On 18 May 2007, he was elected a fellow of the British Royal Society.
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