Michael Berry (physicist)

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Sir Michael Berry
FRS FRSE FRSA
Michael Berry in FOP-2014 Ashtarak, Armenia, 3 September 2014
Michael Berry in 2nd International Advanced School on Frontiers in Optics & Photonics[1]
3 September 2014, Ashtarak, Armenia
Born Michael Victor Berry
(1941-03-14) 14 March 1941 (age 77)
Surrey
Alma mater University of Exeter
University of St. Andrews
Known for Berry phase
Scientific career
Institutions University of Bristol
Thesis The diffraction of light by ultrasound (1965)
Doctoral advisor Robert B. Dingle[2]
Doctoral students Jenny Nelson
Website bris.ac.uk/physics/people/michael-v-berry/

Sir Michael Victor Berry, FRS, FRSE, FRSA (born 14 March 1941), is a mathematical physicist at the University of Bristol, England.

He is known for the Berry phase, a phenomenon observed e.g. in quantum mechanics and optics, as well as Berry connection and curvature. He specialises in semiclassical physics (asymptotic physics, quantum chaos), applied to wave phenomena in quantum mechanics and other areas such as optics. He is also currently affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California.[3]

Education and early life[edit]

Born into a Jewish family and the son of a London taxi driver,[4] Berry has a BSc in physics from the University of Exeter and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews.[5]

Career and research[edit]

He has spent his whole career at the University of Bristol: research fellow, 1965–67; lecturer, 1967–74; reader, 1974–78; Professor of Physics, 1978–88; Royal Society Research Professor since 1988.

Publications[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1982[8] and knighted in 1996[9]. From 2006 to 2012 he was Editor of the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

Berry has been given the following prizes and awards:[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2nd International Advanced School on Frontiers in Optics & Photonics, 30 August – 5 September, 2014, AshtarakYerevan, Armenia
  2. ^ Michael Berry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Members, Institute of Quantum Studies". Chapman University. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael; Rubinstein, Hilary L. (2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 87. ISBN 9781403939104. 
  5. ^ "Academic History of Professor Sir Michael Berry". University of Bristol. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Longair, M. S. (1991). "Book review: Principles of cosmology and gravitation by M. V. Sims". Space Science Reviews. 56: 246. Bibcode:1991SSRv...56..246L. doi:10.1007/BF00178416. 
  7. ^ "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Publications". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Fellows Directory". The Royal Society. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "The London Gazette" (PDF). HMSO. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Prizes and Awards". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Michael Berry". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Making light of mathematics: 75th Gibbs Lecture". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 40 (2): 229–237. 2003. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-03-00972-8. MR 1962297.