Charles Ellington

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Charlie Ellington

Charles Porter Ellington

(1952-12-31) 31 December 1952 (age 66)[1]
Alma mater
Known forVortex theory of insect flight
AwardsFRS (1998)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisThe aerodynamics of hovering animal flight (1982)
Doctoral advisorTorkel Weis-Fogh[2]

Charles Porter Ellington (born 1952) FRS is a British zoologist, emeritus Fellow Downing College, Cambridge,[3] and professor emeritus at University of Cambridge.[2][4]


Ellington was educated at Duke University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973.[1] He moved to Cambridge where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1982.[1][5]


Ellington does research on animal mechanics.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Awards and honours[edit]

Ellington was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998. His nomination reads


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2014) Ellington, Prof. Charles Porter. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Knight, K. (2010). "Charlie Ellington FRS retires". Journal of Experimental Biology. 213 (23): 3943–4. doi:10.1242/jeb.052407. PMID 21075934.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2011-12-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Ellington, Charles Porter (1982). The aerodynamics of hovering animal flight. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 53557374. EThOS
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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. PMC 1691933.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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. PMC 1691928.
  10. ^ Charles Ellington's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "EC/1998/15 Ellington, Charles Porter. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07.