|Born||Charles Porter Ellington
December 31, 1952 
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||The aerodynamics of hovering animal flight (1982)|
|Doctoral advisor||Torkel Weis-Fogh|
|Known for||Vortex theory of insect flight|
|Notable awards||FRS (1998)|
Ellington was educated at Duke University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He moved to Cambridge where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1982.
Awards and honours
Ellington was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998. His nomination reads
|“||Charles Ellington is responsible for much of our understanding of insect flight. His early analysis of the kinematics and aerodynamics of hovering showed that the flight of most insects cannot be explained by conventional (quasi-steady) aerodynamics. This made use of an entirely new theoretical framework, a vortex theory of insect flight. Next, he combined aerodynamic analysis with physiological measurements to show that in flight, insect wing muscles work with remarkably low efficiencies. To do this, he had to solve the formidable technical problem of measuring the oxygen consumption of a single bumblebee, in free flight over a range of speeds. Most recently, he has visualised the flow of air around the wings of moths and of a greatly enlarged model that mimics insect wing motion. This has led to the unexpected discovery of a spanwise stabilising flow, explaining the unsteady effect that makes insect flight possible. His achievements have been made possible by an exceptional combination of theoretical insight and technical ingenuity.||”|
- "ELLINGTON, Prof. Charles Porter". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
- Knight, K. (2010). "Charlie Ellington FRS retires". Journal of Experimental Biology 213 (23): 3943–4. doi:10.1242/jeb.052407. PMID 21075934.
- Ellington, C. P.; Van Den Berg, C.; Willmott, A. P.; Thomas, A. L. R. (1996). "Leading-edge vortices in insect flight". Nature 384 (6610): 626–630. Bibcode:1996Natur.384..626E. doi:10.1038/384626a0.
- Van Den Berg, C.; Ellington, C. P. (1997). "The three-dimensional leading-edge vortex of a 'hovering' model hawkmoth". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 352 (1351): 329–340. doi:10.1098/rstb.1997.0024.
- Willmott, A. P.; Ellington, C. P. (1997). "The mechanics of flight in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. I. Kinematics of hovering and forward flight". The Journal of Experimental Biology 200 (Pt 21): 2705–22. PMID 9418029.
- Van Den Berg, C.; Ellington, C. P. (1997). "The vortex wake of a 'hovering' model hawkmoth". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 352 (1351): 317–328. doi:10.1098/rstb.1997.0023.
- Charles Ellington's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
- Elimelech, Y.; Ellington, C. P. (2012). "Analysis of the transitional flow field over a fixed hummingbird wing". Journal of Experimental Biology 216 (2): 303–318. doi:10.1242/jeb.075341.
- "EC/1998/15 Ellington, Charles Porter. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07.