A Toronto native, Birgeneau received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1966. He was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975, and then joined the physics faculty at M.I.T. He was named Chair of the Physics Department in 1988 and Dean of Science in 1991. He became the 14th president of the University of Toronto in 2000 and has served as the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley since September 2004. At Berkeley, Birgeneau holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering in addition to serving as Chancellor. He was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society, and other scholarly societies. He has received many awards for teaching and for his research on the fundamental properties of materials.About the Compton Medal
Robert J. Birgeneau Receives The Karl T. Compton Medal For Leadership In Physics
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