Brian J. L. Berry
is Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and professor of political
economy at the University
of Texas at Dallas.
He received his B.Sc.
(Economics) degree at University College, London in 1955, the M.A.
in geography from the University of Washington in 1956 and the Ph.D.
in 1958. He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago (1958-1976),
at Harvard (1976-1981), and a dean at Carnegie-Mellon (1981-1986),
joining UTD in 1986. In the 1960s his urban and regional research
sparked geography's "quantitative revolution" and made him
the most-cited geographer for more than 25 years. Subsequently,
his inquiries have extended from urban ecology to geographic information
systems, from growth center theory to the concept of counterurbanization,
and, most recently, have focused on long-wave macroeconomic/historical
processes. The author of more than 500 books and articles, he has
attempted to bridge theory and practice via involvement in urban
and regional development activities in both advanced and developing
countries. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in
1975, is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, and received the Victoria Medal from the Royal
Geographical Society in 1988. In 1999 he became the first geographer
and one of the few social scientists ever to serve as a member of
the Council of the National Academy of Sciences.