Michael Berry (physicist)
Sir Michael Berry
Michael Victor Berry
14 March 1941
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Exeter|
University of St. Andrews
|Known for||Berry phase|
|Awards||Wolf Prize (1998) |
Ig Nobel prize (2000)
|Institutions||University of Bristol|
|Thesis||The diffraction of light by ultrasound (1965)|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Balson Dingle|
|Doctoral students||Jenny Nelson |
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.
Education and early life
Berry was brought up in a Jewish family and was the son of a London taxi driver and a dressmaker, Berry has a BSc in physics from the University of Exeter and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews.
Career and research
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 1988–2006. Since 2006 he is Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at Bristol University.
- Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound, 1966
- Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation, 1976; 2nd edition. 1989; pbk
- About 395 research papers, book reviews, etc., on physics
Awards and honours
Berry has been given the following prizes and awards:
- Maxwell Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, 1978
- Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London, 1982
- Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 1983
- Elected Fellow of the Royal Institution, 1983
- Elected Member of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, 1986
- Bakerian Lecturer, Royal Society, 1987
- Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1989
- Dirac Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, 1990
- Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society, 1990
- Royal Medal, Royal Society, 1990
- Naylor Prize and Lectureship in Applied Mathematics, London Mathematical Society, 1992
- Foreign Member: US National Academy of Science, 1995
- Dirac Medal, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, 1996
- Kapitsa Medal, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997
- Wolf Prize for Physics, Wolf Foundation, Israel, 1998
- Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, 1999
- Forder Lectureship, London Mathematical Society, 1999
- Foreign Member: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
- Ig Nobel Prize for Physics, 2000 (shared with Andre Geim for "The Physics of Flying Frogs")
- Onsager Medal, Norwegian Technical University, 2001
- Gibbs Lecturer, American Mathematical Society, 2002
- 1st and 3rd prizes, Visions of Science, Novartis/Daily Telegraph, 2002
- Elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2005
- Pólya Prize, London Mathematical Society, 2005
- Doctor of Science, honoris causa, University of Glasgow, 2007
- Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University in Yerevan, 2012
- Lorentz Medal, 2015
- Lise Meitner Distinguished Lecture, 2019
- 2nd International Advanced School on Frontiers in Optics & Photonics, 30 August – 5 September, 2014, Ashtarak – Yerevan, Armenia
- Michael Berry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael; Rubinstein, Hilary L. (2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 87. ISBN 9781403939104.
- "Academic History of Professor Sir Michael Berry". University of Bristol. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- Longair, M. S. (1991). "Book review: Principles of cosmology and gravitation by M. V. Sims". Space Science Reviews. 56 (1–2): 246. Bibcode:1991SSRv...56..246L. doi:10.1007/BF00178416. S2CID 189795860.
- "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Publications". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Fellows Directory". The Royal Society. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- "The London Gazette" (PDF). HMSO. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Prizes and Awards". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "LMS-NZMS Forder and Aitken Lectureships | London Mathematical Society". www.lms.ac.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Berry, Michael (2003). "Making light of mathematics: 75th Gibbs Lecture". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 40 (2): 229–237. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-03-00972-8. MR 1962297.
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