A. Nihat Berker '71

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Best known for his research in statistical mechanics; especially on phase transitions applying renormalization group theory.
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Research Interests

Nihat Berker is best known for his research in statistical mechanics; especially on phase transitions applying renormalization group theory; with applications to surface physics and materials with defects.

Biographic Sketch

After graduating from Robert College; Nihat Berker received BS degrees in physics and chemistry from MIT in 1971. Nihat Berker received his PhD in physics at the University of Illinois in 1977. In 1988 he became a full professor of theoretical physics at MIT. Since 1999 he served as a professor and dean of the School of Sciences and Letters at Istanbul Technical University. After losing the president(rector) elections made in ITU; he left Istanbul Technical University. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked as a professor of physics at Koc University; Istanbul; after which he moved to Sabanci University. Currently he is the president of Sabanci University; Istanbul.

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Awards & Honors

  • 2007 // Humboldt Research Award
  • 1996 // Outstanding Turkish Scientist Citation, by the Turkish Academy of Sciences
  • 1994 // Teaching Prize for Excellence in Graduate Education, MIT School of Science
  • 1988 // Science Award of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
  • 1987 // MIT Physics Department Buechner Teaching Prize

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