16 February 1934 |
Sedgley, Staffordshire, UK
|Nationality||British by birth, American by naturalization|
|Fields||Geography, City and Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Economics|
|Alma mater||University College London|
|Known for||Quantitative revolution|
Brian Joe Lobley Berry (born February 16, 1934) is a British-American human geographer and city and regional planner. He is Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His urban and regional research in the 1960s sparked geography’s social-scientific revolution and made him one of the most-cited geographers for more than 25 years.
Berry was born in Sedgley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough and Acton County Grammar School, Acton, Middlesex. He graduated from University College, London, with a B.Sc. (Economics) degree in 1955. He went on to the University of Washington where he completed an M.A. in 1956, and a Ph.D. in 1958, studying under noted geographer and leader of the "quantitative revolution" William Garrison in the Department of Geography.
Upon completing his Ph.D., Berry was appointed to the faculty at the University of Chicago, rising to the position of chaired professor and director of the Center for Urban Studies, positions that he held until 1976. During this time his urban and regional research sparked geography’s social-scientific revolution and made him the most-cited geographer for more than 25 years. During this time he is known for his refinement of central place theory and for laying the foundations of analytic urban geography, of spatial analysis, and of geospatial information science. His studies subsequently focused on long-wave theory and of its relationships to macrohistorical phasing of economic development and political behavior.
From 1976 to 1981 Berry was chaired professor and director of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis at Harvard, and following that was appointed dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University for a period of 5 years. In 1986 he joined the University of Texas at Dallas, becoming founding dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He has remained there since.
Berry was elected a member the National Academy of Sciences in 1975 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and University College, London. In 1988 he was awarded the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. In 1999 he was elected a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2004 was a founding member of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science (TAMEST). In 2005 he was named the Laureat Internationale de Geographie 'Vautrin Lud' (the 'Nobel Prize of Geography') and became a Fellow on the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Berry has authored over 550 books and articles, and attempts to bridge theory and practice via involvement in urban and regional development activities in both advanced and developing countries.
- Phil Hubbard, et al. (1993). Key thinkers on space and place. pp.47-51.
- Short bio Brian J Berry at University of Texas in Dallas. Accessed Nov 20, 2009.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
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Brian J.L. Berry, Nihil Sine Labore. An Autobiography. 2006.
- Brian J Berry at University of Texas in Dallas website: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.