George F. R. Ellis
George Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town and investigates cosmology, the nature of time, and the emergence of complexity. He is the co-author with Stephen Hawking of The Large Scale Structure of Space Time. He is past president of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation and of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Founder Member of the South African Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Science and of the Royal Society, London. He has been awarded the Herschel Medal of the Royal Society of South Africa, the Star of South Africa Medal (awarded by President Mandela), the Templeton Prize (2004), the South African National Science and Technology Forum lifetime contribution award, the Academy of Science of South Africa Gold medal, and the Order of Mapungubwe (awarded by President Thabo Mbeki). One of his most recent articles regarding “top down causation and emergence: some comments on mechanisms” was published in Interface Focus.