Advisory Board

Professor George F. R. Ellis

George F. R. Ellis, Ph.D., FRS is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and GC MacVittie Visiting Professor of Astronomy at Queen Mary College, London University, UK. He is also Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation.
His professional research work focuses on relativity theory and cosmology, complexity studies, the brain, science research policy, science education issues, and science and religion studies. After earning his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 1964 he contributed as a Visiting Professor at many prestigious universities, including (among others) University of Chicago, University of Hamburg, Boston University, University of Alberta, Edmonton, and University of Texas, Austin. From 1988 to 1993 he was the Professor of Cosmic Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), in Trieste, Italy.
George is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS), and between 1982 and 1995 was a member of the International Committee of International Society of Relativity and Gravitation where he served as President from 1989 to 1992. Awards for his work include the Star of South Africa Medal given by President Nelson Mandela in 1999, the Templeton Prize in 2004 for making an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) awarded by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006; and the South Africa Institute of Physics Gold Medal in 2010.
George has contributed to over 300 scientific papers, mainly on relativity theory and cosmology, and has written a number of significant books on science and policy since his first in 1973, The Large Scale Structure of Space Time with Stephen Hawking.
His books include Dynamical Systems in Cosmology, Flat and Curved Space-Times, Foundations of Space and Time: Reflections on Quantum Gravity, Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (Understanding Complex Systems), and A Universe of Ethics, Morality, and Hope (Proceedings of the Second Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science).
His papers include Schwarzschild Black Hole Lensing, Cosmological perturbations and the physical meaning of gauge-invariant variables, Cosmological models (Cargese lectures 1998), The Emergent Universe: inflationary cosmology with no singularity, Gauge-invariant perturbations in a scalar field dominated universe, and The covariant approach to LRS perfect fluid spacetime geometries. Read many more of his publications!
Watch Minnesota Channel – The Legacy of Einstein : George F.R. Ellis, Panel – The Science and Religion Dialogue: Why It Matters, George Ellis: The Nature of the Physical World, and George Ellis – The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation, and God.