FORA.tv Speaker - Robert J. Birgeneau

 Robert J. Birgeneau  Thumbnail

Biography

A Toronto native, Professor Robert J. Birgeneau received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale in 1966. He was on the faculty of Yale for one year and then spent one year at Oxford University through the National Research Council of Canada. Professor Birgeneau was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975, then joined MIT as a Professor of Physics. In 1982, he was named the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics. In 1988, he was named Head of the Department and in 1991 was appointed Dean of Science. Professor Birgeneau became the 14th president of the University of Toronto on July 1, 2000, where he served four years. On September 22, 2004, he was named the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Physics.

Professor Birgeneau has received many honors for his research. In 1987, he was awarded the O. E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society. In 2000, he received the J. E. Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, given to a physicist who both has made outstanding contributions to physics and also has exceptional talent at explaining physics to diverse audiences. Professor Birgeneau was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2001, and the Royal Society of Canada in 2002. He is also a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and is one of the most cited physicists in the world for his work on the fundamental properties of materials.

2 Programs

The Way Forward: 56,000 Children, Everyone's Support

05.20.10 | 01:25:42 min | 0 comments

Creative Solutions in Fighting Climate Change

09.13.07 | 01:26:34 min | 0 comments