Prof George Ellis HonFISSRProf George Ellis HonFISSR

Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
University of Cape Town in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa


Professor George F. R. Ellis, FRAS is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. After completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University with Dennis Sciama as supervisor, he lectured at Cambridge and has been visiting Professor at Texas University, the University of Chicago, Hamburg University, Boston University, the University of Alberta, and Queen Mary College (London University). He has written many papers on relativity theory and cosmology, and inter alia co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space Time with Stephen Hawking, The Density of Matter in the Universe with Peter Coles, and Dynamical Systems in Cosmology with John Wainwright. He has also written on science policy and developmental issues, science education, and science and religion issues, and was co-author with Nancey Murphy of On the Moral Nature of the Universe. He is past president of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation and of the Royal Society of South Africa. He has been awarded various prizes and honorary degrees and was awarded the Star of South Africa Medal by President Nelson Mandela in 1999, and was elected FRS in 2007.
A detailed biography can be found at: Among his recent books are Before the Beginning, On The Moral Nature of the universe: Cosmology, Theology, and Ethics and The Far Future Universe.

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes

Templeton Prize 2004

Science & Technology Interests

Cosmology, Neuroscience, Physics



On the moral nature of the universe

Fortress Press 1995
Co-authors: Nancey Murphy