John Berlinsky is the Director of Academic Programs at Perimeter and Professor of Physics & Astronomy (emeritus) at McMaster University. He received his undergraduate education at Fordham University in the Bronx, and did his PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1972. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and a junior Faculty member at the University of Amsterdam, before joining the faculty of the Physics Department at UBC where he worked for 9 years. In 1986, he moved to McMaster as Professor of Physics and Director of what is now the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research. He has been a visiting professor at MIT, Standford University, and UBC and visiting scientist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. He is an associate of the Quantum Materials Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been at Perimeter since 2009.
Dr. Berlinsky's research has covered a broad range of subjects in low temperature and condensed matter physics. He has studied hydrogen in all of its forms, from solid molecular hydrogen, to H2 absorbed on graphite, to spin-polarized hydrogen at sub-Kelvin temperatures. With Walter Hardy at UBC, he helped design and build a cryogenic hydrogen maser which operated at 0.5K, at that time the world's most stable atomic clock. Since moving to Ontario, his research has focused mainly on high temperature superconductivity and quantum magnetism. Working with Catherine Kallin at McMaster, he has been involved in large-scale computer simulations of vortices in unconventional superconductors, studies of frustrated spin systems on kagome and pyrochlore lattices, and the mocrowave response of high temperature superconductors. Most recently he has worked on topological superconductivity and quantum oscillations in high temperature superconductors.