|Born||Charles Porter Ellington
31 December 1952 
|Known for||Vortex theory of insect flight|
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||The aerodynamics of hovering animal flight (1982)|
|Doctoral advisor||Torkel Weis-Fogh|
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.||”|
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- Ellington, Charles Porter (1982). The aerodynamics of hovering animal flight. lib.cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 53557374. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.255296.
- 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. Royal Society. 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. (subscription required)
- 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. PMID 22996450.
- "EC/1998/15 Ellington, Charles Porter. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07.