Robert J. Birgeneau, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emeritus

Robert J. Birgeneau is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the ninth chancellor of UC Berkeley, serving from 2004 to 2013. Before coming to Berkeley, Birgeneau was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975, joined the physics faculty at MIT in 1975, and 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 on July 1, 2000. At Berkeley, Birgeneau holds the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Chair in the Departments of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy. He is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 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. Birgeneau received his B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1966.