Michael Berry

By: Nadine Lochtefeld

March 14th, 1941-present

Degrees:

BSc in physics from the University of Exeter

PhD from the University of St. Andrews

Major Contributions to Physics:

Maxwell Medal/Prize, institute of Physics, 1978

Elected fellow of the Royal Society of London, 1982

Dirac medal/Prize, institute of Physics, 1990

Lilienfield prize, American Physical Society, 1990

Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, University of Glasgow, 2007

Summary of his Research

Michael Berry was important to science because he not only was rewarded the title of Doctor of Science, but he also created the Berry Phase, a phenomenon observed in quantum mechanics and optics. His work influenced current science by creating a phase difference acquired over the course of a cycle.
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