Alexander John Ellis

June 14, 1814, in Hoxton, Middlesex
October 28, 1890, in London, England

Alexander John Ellis was born Alexander John Sharpe on June 14, 1814, in Hoxton, Middlesex, and died in London on October 28, 1890. He studied mathematics and philology at Trinity College Cambridge, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1837. Ellis later became a phonetician, whose work in vocal and musical pitch, speech, and song also influenced the field of musicology. Among his most important contributions were the annotated translation of Hermann von Helmholtz’s On the Sensations of Tone and his development of the notion of cent for musical intervals.


Key publications:


Compiled by JH | Picture: CC 0 | Wikimedia

GND number
Download QR code
From the series