Sir Michael Victor Berry, (born 14 March 1941), is a FRS , FRSE , FRSA 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.
Education and early life
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.
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 1988-2006. Since 2006 he is Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at Bristol University.
Awards and honours
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:
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
Forder Lectureship, London Mathematical Society, 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 Lise Meitner Distinguished Lecture, 2019
2nd International Advanced School on Frontiers in Optics & Photonics, 30 August – 5 September, 2014, Ashtarak – Yerevan, Armenia
Michael Berry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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"The London Gazette" (PDF). HMSO . Retrieved . 3 May 2018
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"LMS-NZMS Forder and Aitken Lectureships | London Mathematical Society". www.lms.ac.uk . Retrieved . 13 November 2018
Berry, Michael (2003). "Making light of mathematics: 75th Gibbs Lecture". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 40 (2): 229–237. doi: 10.1090/S0273-0979-03-00972-8. MR 1962297.