Barry Klein

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Professor Emeritus
Office: 401 Physics Building
Phone: (530) 219-9302

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Research Interests:

Condensed matter theory, electronic structure theory; superconductivity, alloys, magnetism, lattice vibrations, defects, mechanical properties.

Research Areas

Career History

  • Ph.D., New York University, 1969
  • Research Associate, Naval Research Laboratory, 1969-1971
  • Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory, 1971-1978
  • Lecturer, George Mason University, 1972-1975
  • Head, Electronic Structure of Solids, 1978-1985
  • Section, Naval Research Lab, 1978-1985
  • Head, Condensed Matter Physics Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, 1985-1988
  • Office of Strategic Planning Staff Naval Research Laboratory, 1988-1989
  • Head, Complex Systems Theory Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, 1989-1992
  • Professor, University of California, Davis, 1992-Present
  • Chair, Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, 1992-1998
  • Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, University of California, Davis, 1998-2001
  • Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Davis, 2001-2010


  • Member of Tau Beta Pi
  • Member of Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Elected Fellow and Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, London, U.K., 1999
  • Elected member of the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society, 1998-2000
  • Invited participant, Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Materials Research, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
  • Chair, Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society, 1996-1997
  • Chair-Elect, Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society, 1995-1996
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1995
  • Elected Vice-Chair, Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society, 1994-1995
  • Elected Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1993
  • Recipient of Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, August 1992
  • NRL Special Achievement Award, Superior Performance, 1983
  • NRL Merit Pay Award, 1982, 1983
  • Quality Salary Increase, Naval Research Laboratory, 1980
  • Naval Research Laboratory Publication Award - Basic Research Materials Sciences Division, 1974 & Radiation Technology Division, 1978
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory, 1969-1971
  • NASA Predoctoral Fellowship, New York University, 1963-1966
  • Samuel F.B. Morse Medal Outstanding Physics Student, New York University, 1962
  • New York City Mayor