John Ellis is a British theoretical physicist, currently holding the Clerk Maxwell Professorship of Theoretical Physics at King’s College in London. He graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, in 1971 with a Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy particle physics. After two post-doctoral positions at SLAC and Caltech, he settled in CERN (Geneva) and held a permanent position there from 1978. Hewas twice Deputy Division Leader for the Theory Division, and served as Division Leader for theperiod 1988–1994. He was a founding member of the LEPC and LHCC projects, and is currently chairing the committee investigating physics opportunities for future proton accelerators. He is also a member of the extended CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) Steering Committee and of the TLEP Steering Group.
His research interests focus on the phenomenological aspects of elementary particle physics with important contributions to astrophysics, cosmology and quantum gravity. A substantial part of hisextensive work relate directly to experiment: interpreting results of searches for new particles and exploring the physics that could be done with future accelerators. He is accredited with being one ofthe pioneers of particle astrophysics: the interface between particle physics and cosmology. He has authored nearly a thousand scientific papers, some with over fifty thousand citations. He is the second most-cited theoretical physicist in the World and is currently very active in efforts to understand the Higgs-like particle discovered recently at CERN.
John Ellis is an eloquent speaker, frequently invited to give public and educational lectures on particle physics and related topics. He is also well known for his relentless efforts to involve non-European nations and institutions in CERN scientific and technological activities.
John Ellis was awarded the Maxwell Medal (1982) and the Paul Dirac Prize (2005) by the Institute of Physics. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1985 and of the Institute of Physicsin 1991, and is an Honorary Fellow of King’s College Cambridge and of the Serbian Physical Society. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Southampton, Uppsala University, the St Kliment Ohridski University, the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the University of Cape Town, and twice won the First Award in the Gravity Research Foundation essay competition: in 1999 and 2005. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to science and technology.