Michael Berry (physicist)
14 March 1941 |
|Institutions||University of Bristol|
|Alma mater||University of Exeter
University of St. Andrews
|Thesis||The diffraction of light by ultrasound (1965)|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert B. Dingle|
He is famous for the Berry phase, a phenomenon observed e.g. in quantum mechanics and optics. 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.
The son of a London taxi driver, Berry has a BSc in physics from the University of Exeter and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. Since then, 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.
Berry has achieved 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, 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
- 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 (2014)
- Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound, 1966
- Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation, 1976
- About 395 research papers, book reviews, etc., on physics 
- Michael Berry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "Members, Institute of Quantum Studies". Chapman University. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- 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 2009-07-22.
- "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Prizes and Awards". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
- "Michael Berry". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "Making light of mathematics: 75th Gibbs Lecture". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 40 (2): 229–237. 2003. MR 1962297.
- "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Publications". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 2 September 2011.