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Brian Berry

Brian Berry
Born (1934-02-16) 16 February 1934
Sedgley, Staffordshire, UK
Nationality British
Fields Geography,
Alma mater University College London
Known for Quantitative revolution

Brian Joe Lobley Berry (born February 16, 1934) is a British-American human geographer. He is Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. His urban and regional research in the 1960s sparked geography’s social-scientific revolution and made him one of the most-cited geographers for more than 25 years.[1][2]


Berry was born in Sedgley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough and Acton County Grammar School, Middlesex. He graduated from University College, London, with a B.Sc. (Economics) degree in 1955. He went on to the University of Washington where he completed an M.A. in 1956, and a Ph.D. in 1958, studying under noted geographer and leader of the "quantitative revolution" William Garrison.

Upon completing his Ph.D., Berry was appointed to the faculty at the University of Chicago, becoming a chaired professor and director of the Center for Urban Studies, positions that he held until 1976. During this time his urban and regional research sparked geography’s social-scientific revolution and made him the most-cited geographer for more than 25 years. His studies subsequently focused on long-wave dynamics and their relationships to macrohistorical phasing of economic development and political behavior.

From 1976 to 1981 Berry was chaired professor and director of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis at Harvard, and following that was appointed dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University for a period of 5 years. In 1986 he joined the University of Texas at Dallas, becoming founding dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He has remained there since.

Berry was elected a member the National Academy of Sciences in 1975 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976.[3] He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and University College, London. In 1988 he was awarded the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. In 1999 he was appointed as a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2004 was a founding member of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science (TAMEST). In 2005 he was named the Laureat Internationale de Geographie 'Vautrin Lud' (geography's 'Nobel Prize') and became a Fellow on the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Berry has authored over 550 books and articles, and attempts to bridge theory and practice via involvement in urban and regional development activities in both advanced and developing countries.


  1. ^ Phil Hubbard, et al. (1993). Key thinkers on space and place. pp.47-51.
  2. ^ Short bio Brian J Berry at University of Texas in Dallas. Accessed Nov 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 

Brian J.L. Berry, Nihil Sine Labore. An Autobiography. 2006.

External links

  • Brian J Berry at University of Texas in Dallas website: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
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