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Robert Birgeneau

Professor Robert Birgeneau FRS


Elected: 2001


Robert Birgeneau has performed careful experimental investigations of complex materials in order to subsequently interpret their properties. In particular, he has used neutron and X-ray scattering to make important observations on a variety of systems chosen because they display interesting long-range or quasi-long-range order.

His work on the magnetic structure and spectra of layered materials and chains has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the influence of dimensionality on phase transitions.

After serving as the President of the University of Toronto and as the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, he returned to full time teaching and research. His current research is focused on the newly discovered iron pnictide and chalcogenide superconductors.

Professional positions

Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Co-chair, Lincoln Project on Public Higher Education, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Ambassador, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Liquid Crystals, Magnetism, Phase transitions, Superconductivity