Michael Victor Berry
14 March 1941
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Exeter|
University of St. Andrews
|Known for||Berry phase|
Berry connection and curvature
|Awards||Maxwell Medal and Prize (1978) |
Fellow of the Royal Society (1982)
Lilienfeld Prize (1990)
Royal Medal (1990)
Dirac Medal (1990)
Naylor Prize and Lectureship (1992)
Knight Bachelor (1996)
Wolf Prize (1998)
Ig Nobel prize (2000)
Onsager Medal (2001)
Pólya Prize (2005)
Lorentz Medal (2014)
|Institutions||University of Bristol|
|Thesis||The diffraction of light by ultrasound (1965)|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Balson Dingle|
|Doctoral students||Jenny Nelson |
Sir Michael Victor Berry,(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.
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.
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.
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He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1982 and knighted in 1996. 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:
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