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George Francis Rayner Ellis

George Francis Rayner Ellis, South African cosmologist and theoretical physicist (Johannesburg 11 August 1939 –

Regarded as one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology

Authored over 500 papers

Theorized a cylindrical steady-state universe with naked singularity as recycling mechanism

Discovered the Sculptor Wall (1990)

With A. Maurellis, A.P. Fairall & D. R. Matravers. A two-dimensional sheet of galaxies between two southern voids. Astron. Astrophys. 229:75-79, 1990 

Eponym of Ellis wormhole


The physics and geometry of the early Universe: changing viewpoints. Q.J. Roy. Astron. Soc. 34:315, 1993

With T. Rothman. Lost horizons. Am. J. Phys. 61:93, 1993

With M. Madsen. Exact scalar field cosmologies.  Class. Quantum Grav. 8:667, 1991

With D.H. Lyth and M.B. Mijic. Inflationary models with Ω not equal to 1 Phys. Lett. B 271:52, 1991

The evolution of inhomogeneities in expanding Newtonian cosmologies. Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc. 243:509, 1990

With M. Bruni. Covariant and gauge-invariant approach to cosmological density fluctuations. Phys.Rev. D 40:1804, 1989

Horizons in inflationary universes. Class. Quantum Grav. 5:207, 1988

With W.R. Stoeger. The fitting problem in cosmology. Class. Quantum Grav. 4:1679, 1987

With G. Schreiber. Observational and dynamic properties of small universes. Phys. Lett. A 115: 97, 1986

With S.D. Nel, W. Stoeger, R. Maartens & A.P. Whitman. Ideal observational cosmology. Phys. Rep. 124:315, 1985

Alternatives to big bang. Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 22:157, 1984

With J.J. Perry & A. Sievers. Cosmological observations of galaxies: the observational map. Astron. J. 89:1124, 1984

With J. Baldwin. On the expected anisotropy of radio source counts Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 206:377, 1984

Limits to verification in cosmology. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 336:130, 1980

With R. Maartens & S.D. Nel. The expansion of the universe Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 184:439, 1978

Cosmology and verifiability. Q.J.R. Astron. Soc. 16:245, 1975

With A.R.King. Was the big bang a whimper? Commun. Math. Phys. 38:119, 1974

Topology and cosmology. Gen. Rel. Grav. 2:71, 1971

With M.A.H. MacCallum. A class of homogeneous cosmological models. Commun. Math. Phys. 12: 108, 1969

Dynamics of pressure-free matter in general relativity. J. Math. Phys. 8:1171, 1967 


President, International Society for Science and Religion

President, International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (1989-92)