Jonathan Ellis was awarded an honorary doctorate in science. Ellis is one of the pioneers of research at the interface between particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and quantum gravity.
Born in 1946 in London, Ellis earned his PhD in theoretical particle physics in 1971 from Cambridge University. After postdoctoral positions at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the California Institute of Technology, he joined the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently the Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics in King's College, London.
UCT has conferred an honorary doctorate in recognition of Ellis's exceptional and ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of fundamental physics and astrophysics, and for the numerous contributions he has made over the past decade to promote physics in South Africa.
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