Lloyd is doing nothing he is miserable; when he is busy he is happy and will die happy. I would not have it otherwise."

Berkner never found time to complete a Ph.D., there having always been more urgent science on his agenda, but he was awarded twelve honorary degrees (the D.Sc. from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute [1955], Dartmouth College [1958], and the universities of Calcutta [1957], Notre Dame [1958], Columbia [1959], Rochester [1960], and Tulane [1961]; the Ph.D. from the University of Uppsala [1956]; the LL.D. from the University of Edinburgh [1959]; and the D.Eng. from Wayne State University [1962] and Nevada's Lafayette College [1965]), and numerous other awards. His field was geophysics, and he received both the Fleming and Bowie medals of the American Geophysical Union.

More importantly, he was—and is remembered by his friends as—a man of vision.

I AM GREATLY INDEBTED to Lloyd's daughter, Patricia Berkner Booth, for providing me with a copy of an essay, "Lloyd Viel Berkner—Man of Distinction," written by Lloyd's grandson, C. Arthur Booth, in 1978; and also to Francis Johnson and Al Mitchell of the University of Texas at Dallas for making available to me copies of materials from the University's archives. My especial thanks to Professor F. Johnson for sending me a copy of the speeches made at the dedication of Lloyd Berkner Hall in 1973.


1. Merle A. Tuve, "Lloyd Viel Berkner," Yearb. Am. Philos. Soc. (1967):110.

2. Vannevar Bush, "Lloyd Viel Berkner—A Commentary," IEEE Spectrum, 1967.

3. Frederick Seitz, dedication of Lloyd Berkner Hall, University of Texas at Dallas, 1973.

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