George Francis Rayner Ellis Day that he was born: 11 August 1939. Day that he passed away: Still alive.

  • Birth of Ellis

    George Ellis was born on 11 August 1939 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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    George Francis Rayner Ellis attended the University of Cape Town, where he graduated with honors in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with distinction. He represented the university in fencing, rowing and flying. He then attended Cambridge University, where he received a PhD in applied maths and theoretical physics in 1964, he was on college rowing teams.
  • Education

    At Cambridge, Ellis served as a research fellow from 1965 to 1967, was assistant lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics until 1970, and was then appointed university lecturer, serving until 1974.
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    Work Years

    Ellis became a visiting professor at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago in 1970, a lecturer at the Cargese Summer School in Corsica in 1971 and the Erice Summer School in Sicily in 1972, and a visiting H3 professor at the University of Hamburg, also in 1972.
  • Book of impact

    He co-writes The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking. This book, along with Stephen Hawking, was a big deal in the way cosmologists thought about the cosmos.
  • Ellis Recognition

    In 1974, Ellis was recognized as one of the world's leaders in theoretical cosmologists. After releasing his book with Stephen Hawkin in 1973, Ellis and Hawkin were at the top of the scientific community with their theories on the cosmos and their expansion on Einstein's theory of relativity.
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    President of ISGRG

    From 1989 to 1992 he served as president of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation
  • Ellis being awarded

    After years of research and teaching, Ellis won the prestigious Templeton Prize. The motto of the Templeton Prize organization is "whose exemplary achievements advance Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision: harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it."
  • Honors

    In Rhodes University in Grahamstown announced it would award Ellis an honorary doctorate in laws.
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