Michael Berry (physicist)

Michael Berry (physicist)
Michael Berry
Born 14 March 1941 (1941-03-14) (age 70)
Institutions University of Bristol
Alma mater University of Exeter
University of St. Andrews
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 among other things 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.



Berry has a BSc in physics from the University of Exeter[2] and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. Since then, he has spent his whole career at the University of Bristol: Research Fellow, 1965-7; Lecturer, 1967–74; Reader, 1974–78; Professor of Physics, 1978–88; Royal Society Research Professor since 1988.


Michael Berry has achieved the following prizes and awards:[3]


  • Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound, 1966
  • Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation, 1976
  • About 395 research papers, book reviews, etc., on physics [4]

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