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Dr. Harry Ellis

Professor of Physics
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, May 2009

Harry Ellis

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Harry W. Ellis received all his degrees from Georgia Tech (the PhD in 1974), then stayed on there as a Research Scientist before coming to Eckerd in 1978. His doctoral dissertation was in the area of solid-state physics and dealt with optical properties of semiconductors, then from 1974 - 78 he investigated ion transport in gases. He has consulted at the U.S. Army Battelle Lab, with Oak Ridge National Lab, among others. He has co-authored more than 45 articles in scientific journals, plus various book chapters, technical reports, and contributed papers at scientific meetings. From 1987-1991 he served as Eckerd's Associate Dean of General Education. He is married to Virginia Simmons Ellis, an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA). He and Ginny are parents of three grown or almost-grown children: Luke, Rachel, and Seth. Harry has served on the Task Team on Science and Religion of the Presbyterian Church and has written articles on the relationship between faith and science. He is an avid reader (science fiction, historical novels, or almost anything that stimulates thought and reflection), runs/walks about 25 miles/week, and enjoys music (favorites include Bach, Handel, and Pink Floyd).

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