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Brian J L Berry
Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor-Economic, Political & Policy Sciences
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.GeographyUniversity of Washington1958
 M.A.GeographyUniversity of Washington1956
 B.S.EconomicsUniversity of London1955
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Dr. Berry‟s early urban and regional research helped spark the scientific revolution that occurred  in geography and urban research in the 1960s. In the early 1960s he became the world‟s most  frequently cited geographer, a ranking maintained for more than a quarter-century. After moving  to Texas his inquiries turned to long-wave rhythms in the economy, society and polity.  Throughout his career he has been concerned with bridging theory and practice and has been  heavily involved in urban and regional planning in both advanced and developing countries.  Frequently called on as an advisor, consultant, and expert witness, his contributions have been  made in cities as diverse as Chicago and Calcutta, Jakarta and Melbourne and his regional  development expertise has been applied in areas from Appalachia to Magellanes to Indonesia. He  is the author of more than 500 books, articles, planning reports and other professional  publications and he has been honored many times.
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2012
“The City Size Distribution Debate: Resolution for U.S. Urban Regions and Megalopolitan Areas.” With Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn. CITIES. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN POLICY AND PLANNING. 29: 517-523.
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2012
“Quo Vadimus?” ArcNEWS. 34: 1,4.
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2011
“An Urban-Rural Happiness Gradient.” With Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn. URBAN GEOGRAPHY. 32: 871-883.
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2010
BERRY REDUX. GENETICS, GENEALOGY AND ANCIENT HISTORY. Available in both soft-covered and electronic editions from www.lulu.com.
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2010
“Dissatisfaction with Democracy. The Evidence from Latinobarometro 2005.” With Osvaldo S. Tello Rodriguez. JOURNAL OF POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA. 3:129-142.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2005-2010DeanSchool of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1991-PresentLloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor  The University of Texas at Dallas
1988-1995Director, then ChairBruton Center for Development Studies The University of Texas at Dallas
1986-1991Founders ProfessorSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1981-1986Dean/ University Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy Professor or Urban Studies and Public PolicySchool of Urban and Public Affairs Carnegie-Mellon University
1976-1981Frank Backus Williams ProfessorCity and Regional Planning Harvard University
1976-1981DirectorLaboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in the Graduate School of Design Harvard University
1976-1981Professor/ ChairmanDepartment of Sociology/Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Harvard University
1976-1981Faculty FellowHarvard Institute for International Development Harvard University
1973-1976MemberBoard of Adult Education The University of Chicago
1973-1976CouncilUniversity Senate The University of Chicago
1972-1976Irving B. Harris Professor of Urban Geography/ Department ChairmanDepartment of Geography The University of Chicago
1966-1976MemberFaculty of the Advanced Study Program in Urban Policy The Brookings Institution
1965-1972Professor  The University of Chicago
1963-1976DirectorCenter for Urban Studies The University of Chicago
1962-1965Associate Professor  The University of Chicago
1960-1976MemberCommittee on South Asian Studies, Committee on Latin American Studies, Committee for the Public Affairs Program, Committee for the Divisional M.A. Program in the Social Sciences The University of Chicago
1958-1962Assistant Professor  The University of Chicago
1958-1976Faculty FellowCenter for Policy Studies The University of Chicago
1957-1958Instructor  The University of Washington
1956-1957Pre-doctoral associate  The University of Washington
1955-1956Variously teaching and research assistant  The University of Washington
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President’s Award Honors Political Science Lecturer
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Dr. Brian Bearry, senior lecturer in political science in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, received a President’s Teaching Excellence Award May 14 during the annual Honors Convocation. Bearry said the award came as a complete surprise.
 
“As teachers we always question how effective we are in reaching students, and this lets me know that I’m doing something right,” he said. “I love working with the kids, and I think in a lot of ways, we teach each other during our exchanges in class.”
 
The award committee received 1,954 nomination forms for a cross section of the 355 eligible candidates for the prize, which was created in 2007 to recognize the contributions of non-tenure-track faculty and comes with a stipend of $3,000.

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BOARDS AND COUNCILS
  • 1964-8 Member, Commission on Methods of Economic Regionalization, International Geographical Union.
  • 1966-9 Member, Village Plan Commission, Park Forest, Illinois.
  • 1968-76 Chairman, Commission on Quantitative Methods, International Geographical Union.
  • 1974-8 Program Advisory Committee, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1975-8 Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Social Science Research Council.
  • 1977-80 Council and Executive Committee, Association of American Geographers.
  • 1978-9 Board of Directors, American Geographical Society.
  • 1982-4 Executive Council, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
  • 1999-2002 Council, National Academy of Sciences. Member of Executive Committee.
  • 2000-2004 Chair, Science Advisory Board, Center for Spatially-Integrated Social Science.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES/ NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
  • 1962-65 Committee on Geography.
  • 1967-69 Committee on Social and Behavioral Urban Research.
  • 1972-73 Social Science Panel on the Significance of Community in the Metropolis.
  • 1972-75 Building Research Advisory Board.
  • 1975 Membership in the Academy: "the youngest social scientist to be so honored."
  • 1975-78 Executive Committee, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • 1975-78 Committee on Science and Public Policy.
  • 1975-78, 2000-04 Report Review Committee.
  • 1981-85 Committee on National Urban Policy.
  • 1990-92 Committee on Strategic Transportation Data Needs.
  • 1994-2000 Transportation Research Board, Executive Committee.
  • 1994-2000 Subcommittee for NRC Oversight.
  • 1995-98, 2000 NAS Class V Membership Committee.
  • 1997-99 Mapping Science Committee, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources.
  • 1999-2002 Council ("first geographer to so serve"). Appointed to Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Committee on Scientific Programs, Committee on Executive Compensation.
  • 2000-2001 Chair, Section 64 (Human-Environmental Sciences).
  • 2001-2002 NAS Class VI Membership Committee.
  • 2004-2007 Geographical Sciences Committee, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources.

MAJOR ADVISORY POSITIONS
  • 1960-62 Ford Foundation, India/Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • 1965-67 US Dept. of Transportation.
  • 1965-67 US Dept. of Agriculture.
  • 1965-69 Transportation Center, Northwestern University.
  • 1965-67 US Agency for International Development/Indian Institute of Technology.
  • 1966-68 Office of Statistical Standards, US Bureau of the Budget.
  • 1967-68 Ford Foundation/Government of Chile.
  • 1967-70 International City Management Association.
  • 1968-70 Ministry of Housing, Government of Brazil, and Brazilian Foundation for Statistics and Geography.
  • 1968-70 National Goals Research Staff, Office of the President.
  • 1968-70 Economic Development Administration, US Dept. of Commerce.
  • 1968-70 Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Dept. of Commerce.
  • 1968-73 US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1969 Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission.
  • 1970-80 The Urban Institute.
  • 1970-80 Geographical Applications Program (Remote Sensing), US Geological Survey.
  • 1970-72 Scientific Group on Research in Epidemiology and Communications Science, World Health Organization.
  • 1970-73 World Bank/Government of Indonesia.
  • 1971 Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • 1971 Commission on Population Growth and the American Future.
  • 1972-74 City of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972-76 Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1972-76 Office of Policy Analysis, US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 1977-87 Harvard Institute for International Development/Ministries of Finance and Public Works, Government of Indonesia.
  • 1988-90 US Agency for International Development, Sri Lanka.
  • 1990-94 US Dept of Justice.
  • 1992-94 Bureau of the Census.
  • 1993-95 Office of Technology Assessment, US Congress.
  • 1995 See National Academy of Sciences

PRINCIPAL PLANNING ACTIVITIES
  • 1956 Contributed to Civil Defense Survival Plan for the State of Washington.
  • 1957 Authored annexation policy for City of Spokane, Washington.
  • 1957-8 Contributed to development of methods of estimating indirect economic impacts of highway improvement for US Bureau of Public Roads.
  • 1959 Developed alternative approaches to zoning for highway-oriented businesses along interstate corridors for US Bureau of Public Roads.
  • 1960-1 Helped establish the Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organization under contract with Ford Foundation.
  • 1961-3 Directed commercial component of City of Chicago's Community Renewal Program and the Comprehensive Policies Plan for Chicago.
  • 1962 Developed sampling schemes for remote sensing of land use for US Dept. of Agriculture.
  • 1963-5 Developed commercial component of Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Commission's Metropolitan Planning Guidelines.
  • 1963-76 Helped create, and later directed, the University of Chicago's Center for Urban Studies.
  • 1964-5 Directed housing and commercial redevelopment studies for the Toronto Metropolitan Planning Board's Urban Renewal Study.
  • 1965-6 Worked on Geographic Information System design for the Canada Land Inventory.
  • 1966-7 Worked on regional development strategies, including growth center planning for:
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US AID-India: Kanpur Regional Development Program
  • State of Iowa Center for Agricultural Development
  • 1966-9 Village Plan Commission, Park Forest IL.
  • 1966-72 Developed sampling schemes for remotely-sensed imagery for US Geological Survey
  • 1967-8 Proposed new framework for metropolitan area definition for US Bureau of the Budget and Census Bureau.
  • 1967-8 Conducted evaluation of the impact of urban renewal on small business in the Hyde Park-Kenwood area of Chicago.
  • 1967-8 Provided framework for development highway alignments to Appalachian Regional Development Commission.
  • 1968-9 Served on National Academy of Sciences committee that recommended urban policy analysis functions for new Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1969 Developed growth center plan for Upper Great Lakes region.
  • 1969 Developed growth center strategies for Chile, as part of Ford Foundation regional development team. Likewise, outlined resource-based development strategies for the Magellanes region in southern Chile.
  • 1969-71 Worked on urban policy with President's White House National Goals Research staff.
  • 1970 Led team developing goal-achievement methods for integrated social-physical planning in the City of Chicago.
  • 1970 Undertook revitalization study for City of Waterloo, Iowa.
  • 1971-6 Monitored and evaluated the HUD-financed fair housing programs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, for US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1972 Special reports on planning regions for Illinois, for Executive Office of the Governor, and on employment and land use in DuPage County, Ill., for the DuPage County Regional Planning Commission.
  • 1972-4 Co-authored the Strategy Plan for the City of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1973-4 Undertook initial studies of the relationships of land use, urban form and environmental quality for newly-formed EPA Office of Policy Analysis.
  • 1974-5 Undertook initial study of the social burdens of environmental pollution for EPA.
  • 1974-5 For World Bank, prepared a framework document for regional planning in Indonesia, outlined a national resource inventory and evaluation program, and developed plans for remapping the archipelago using modern digital orthophotography.
  • 1975 Conducted an evaluation of the performance of shopping centers in urban renewal areas in the City of Chicago.
  • 1976 Special investigation of demographic trends and transportation development, for US Dept. of Transportation, Office of Policy and Planning.
  • 1976 Contributed to reuse and redevelopment study of Linn County, Iowa.
  • 1977 Advised on Metropolitan Tehran Development Plan and the Iranian Spatial Development Program, for Harvard Institute for International Development.
  • 1977-8 Developed Public Works Investment Strategy for Indonesia, with Harvard Institute for International Development.
  • 1978-86 Worked with Ministry of Finance, Government of Indonesia, on the creation of a National Urban Development Strategy and the creation of an Institute for Urban Policy Analysis.
  • 1978-86 National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council Committee on National Urban Policy, advisory to HUD.
  • 1988-90 Worked with USAID on growth center strategies for Government of Sri Lanka and developed microloan program as a means of strengthening urban-rural linkages.
  • 1990-1 Helped develop the North Texas Regional Geographic Information System.
  • 1991-2 National Research Council study developing implementation framework for US DOT's proposed Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
  • 1993 US Dept. of Justice: investigations of race and public housing in Omaha and Pittsburgh.
  • 1994-5 Investigation of metropolitan area redefinition for US Bureau of the Census.
  • 1994-5 Study of the relations of technological change and urban growth for US Congress' Office of Technology Assessment.
  • 1995 See National Academy of Sciences.

HONORS
  • 1958 Elected to Sigma Xi.
  • 1960 Association of American Geographers' Participation Fellowship, XIXth International Geographical Congress, based on essay competition for younger geographers.
  • 1962 Social Science Research Council Auxiliary Research Award "so that you will be able to take advantage of research opportunities that you might otherwise have to forego." This was a 'proto-MacArthur' award.
  • 1966-87 Most frequently cited geographer. As reported in Social Science Citation Index, most frequently cited geographer each year 1966-1982 (J.W.R. Whitehand, 1985). Through 1980 citation level was several times that of second-ranked geographer. Most frequently cited geographer 1983-1987; more articles and more books in 'top twenty citation classic' listings than any other geographer (N. Wrigley and S. Matthews, 1987). Authored more "citation classics" – both books and articles – than the next several authors combined. (A.R. Bodman, 1994)
  • 1966 Vice-President, Regional Science Association.
  • 1968 Elected to International Land Economics Fraternity of Lambda Alpha (Ely Chapter).
  • 1968 Association of American Geographers' Award for Meritorious Contributions to the Field of Geography.
  • 1970 Member, Maconochie Foundation, University College, London.
  • 1974 Research Fellow, Urban Land Institute.
  • 1975 Member, National Academy of Sciences ("youngest social scientist to be elected"). Membership in the Academy is described as "the highest honor that a scientist can receive from his peers save for a Nobel Prize" (which is not awarded in geography)
  • 1976 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1976 A.M. (hon. caus.) Harvard University.
  • 1977-8 Vice-President, Association of American Geographers.
  • 1978 Charter Member, American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • 1978-9 President, Association of American Geographers.
  • 1980 Rt. Hon. Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • 1983 Fellow, University College, London.
  • 1987 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • 1987 James R. Anderson Medal of Honor, Association of American Geographers.
  • 1988 Victoria Medal, Royal Geographical Society.
  • 1989 Fellow of the British Academy. The Academy was established by Royal Charter in 1902 and is counterpart in the social sciences and humanities to the Royal Society, which exists to serve the physical and biological sciences.
  • 1990 Hon. Fellow, Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics and the Homer Hoyt Institute.
  • 1992 Nelson A. Rockefeller Monograph Prize in the Social Sciences.
  • 1995 Distinguished Fellow, Southern Regional Science Association.
  • 2000 Lord of the manors of Hastingleigh, Co. Kent (Hastingleigh Court, Aldelose, Combe and Fanscombe). Lordship was anciently held by wife's ancestors.
  • 2004 Member, Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science (TAMEST was created in 2004. Founding membership restricted to members of the National Academies).
  • 2004 IAMOT Excellence in Research Award in the field of Technology Innovation Management. International Association for the Management of Technology.
  • 2004 Letters Patent granting a Coat of Arms, Crest and Standard issued by the College of Arms (a branch of the Royal Household) in London.
  • 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award, "credited with changing the course of his discipline." University of Washington, College to Arts and Sciences "Celebration of Distinction."
  • 2005 Association of American Geographers Award for Fifty Years of Distinguished Membership.
  • 2005 Lauréat du Prix International de Géographie "Vautrin Lud." The Vautrin Lud Prize was created in 1991 to provide Geography with its "Nobel" award and is presented at the annual Festival International de Géographie held at Saint-Diédes-Vosges in France.
  • 2006 Fellow, American Institute of Certified Members

EDITORIAL BOARD SERVICE
  • African Social Science Review
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • Board of Curriculum Advisors. Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation
  • Cities, The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning
  • Demography
  • Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
  • Geographical Analysis
  • Geographical Review
  • Growth and Change
  • International Encyclopedia of Architecture, Engineering and Urban Planning
  • Journal of Geography
  • Journal of Regional Science
  • Journal of the American Institute of Planners
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • L'Éspace Géographique
  • Population and Environment
  • Progress in Geography
  • Progress in the Mathematical Social Sciences
  • Regional Science Perspectives
  • Regional Studies
  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Urban Affairs Abstracts
  • Urban Affairs Annual Reviews
  • Urban Affairs Quarterly
  • Urban Geography – Editor-in-chief 1986-2004.
  • Urban Studies

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Berry is the Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. Born in England in 1934, he received his B.Sc. (Economics) degree at University College, London in 1955, his M.A. in Geography in 1956 and the Ph.D. degree in 1958, both at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1958 he became Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, rising to Professor in 1965. When he left Chicago for Harvard University in 1976 he was the Irving B. Harris Professor of Urban Geography, Chairman of the Department of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban Studies. At Harvard he became the Frank Backus Williams Professor of City and Regional Planning, Chairman of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning, Director of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development. Harvard awarded him an honorary degree in 1976. He left Harvard in 1981 to become Dean of the (now) Heinz College and University Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University, positions that he held until moving to The University of Texas at Dallas in 1986, becoming Founders Professor and Professor of Political Economy in the School of Social Sciences. He helped found and was first director of UTD’s Bruton Center for Development Studies and was named Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor by The University of Texas System Board of Regents 1 January 1991. Reluctantly, he agreed to take on an administrative role once again when, in 2005, he became dean of the (then) School of Social Sciences, transforming it during a period of rapid growth into the (now) School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He left the deanship in 2010, returning to the professorial role he loves best: working one-on-one with doctoral students at the dissertation stage.

 

Dr. Berry’s early urban and regional research helped spark the scientific revolution that occurred in geography and urban research in the 1960s. In the early 1960s he became the world’s most frequently cited geographer, a ranking maintained for more than a quarter-century. After moving to Texas his inquiries turned to long-wave rhythms in the economy, society and polity. Throughout his career he has been concerned with bridging theory and practice and has been heavily involved in urban and regional planning in both advanced and developing countries. Frequently called on as an advisor, consultant, and expert witness, his contributions have been made in cities as diverse as Chicago and Calcutta, Jakarta and Melbourne and his regional development expertise has been applied in areas from Appalachia to Magellanes to Indonesia.  He is the author of more than 550 books, articles, planning reports and other professional publications and he has been honored many times.

In 1974 he was elected a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, in 1975 was the youngest member of the economic, political or social sciences ever to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In 1976 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and became a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 1978-9 he was President of the Association of American Geographers. In 1983 he was elected a Fellow of his alma mater, University College, London, and in 1987 he became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was awarded the James R. Anderson Medal of Honor by the Association of American Geographers. In 1988 he received the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society and in 1989 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1990 he became a Fellow of the Weimar School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics and the Homer Hoyt Institute, in 1992 received the Rockefeller Prize in the Social Sciences, and in 1995 was inducted a Distinguished Fellow of the Southern Regional Science Association. In 1999 he became the first geographer to be elected to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2000 he received title to the Lordship of Hastingleigh (Co. Kent). In 2004 he became a founding member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas and in the same year was granted the right to bear Arms, Crest and Badge by the College of Arms (a branch of the Royal Household) in London. He was named Distinguished Alumnus in the Social Sciences by the University of Washington in 2005 and in the same year was named Lauréat of the Prix International de Géographie “Vautrin Lud” (Geography’s Nobel Prize). In 2006 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and in 2007 received the Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement from the North American Council of the Regional Science Association International. The University of Washington added a “Timeless” award at its 150th birthday celebration in 2012. Later that year he was elected a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International.


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