Michael Berry (physicist)

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Michael Berry
Born (1941-03-14) 14 March 1941 (age 78)
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[1]

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

He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1982 and knighted in 1996. From 2006 he has been editor of the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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.[2]


The son of a London taxi driver,[3] Berry has a BSc in physics from the University of Exeter and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews.[4] 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:[5]


  • Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound, 1966
  • Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation, 1976
  • About 395 research papers, book reviews, etc., on physics [8]

See also


  1. Michael Berry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. "Members, Institute of Quantum Studies". Chapman University. Retrieved 2014-03-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael; Rubinstein, Hilary L. (2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 87. ISBN 9781403939104.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Academic History of Professor Sir Michael Berry". University of Bristol. Retrieved 2009-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Prizes and Awards". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved March 13, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Michael Berry". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. "Professor Sir Michael Berry: Publications". University of Bristol, UK. Retrieved 2 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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