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Name  Michael Berry
Role  Physicist
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Born  14 March 1941 (age 74) Surrey (1941-03-14)
Alma mater  University of Exeter University of St. Andrews
Thesis  The diffraction of light by ultrasound (1965)
Books  Principles of cosmology and gravitation, The Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound
Education  University of St Andrews, University of Exeter
Awards  Lorentz Medal, Wolf Prize in Physics, Polya Prize, Dirac Medal of the Institute of Physics
Similar People  Yakir Aharonov, Nigel Weiss, David Bohm

Institutions  University of Bristol
Doctoral advisor  Robert B. Dingle

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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. 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.

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Education and early life

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.

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 since 1988.


  • Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound, 1966
  • Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation, 1976
  • About 395 research papers, book reviews, etc., on physics
  • Awards and honours

    He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1982 and knighted in 1996. From 2006 he has been editor of the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society.

    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, 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 (2015)
  • References

    Michael Berry (physicist) Wikipedia

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