Professor Richard Ellis delivered his lecture on 22 May 2013. A video is available below:
Richard Ellis is the Steele Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. He is an observational astronomer who studies the distant Universe with a variety of facilities including the Hubble Space Telescope and the twin Keck telescopes in Hawaii.
Professor Ellis received his B.Sc at University College London and his D.Phil at Oxford University. As a young researcher he established a major astronomy group at Durham University and later became the Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University. He emigrated to the United States in 1999 where he has played a leading role in developing the science case and international partnership for the Thirty Meter Telescope: an ambitious next generation ground-based telescope to be completed in 2020.
Ellis' research interests include cosmology - the form and content of the Universe as a whole - and the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. He has been influential in making many discoveries in these areas and is one of the world's most highly-cited astrophysicists.
His numerous awards include the Gruber Cosmology Prize and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded a CBE in 2008 for his contributions to international science.