Barry M. Klein


Barry M. Klein

Barry M. Klein is currently Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Vice Chancellor for Research, Emeritus, and past Director of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center at the University of California, Davis. In 1992 Dr. Klein became Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics at UC Davis following a first career at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. After serving as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, in 2001, Dr. Klein was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis, a position he held until September 2010.

Dr. Klein’s condensed matter research efforts have been in electronic structure theory and applications, studying the fundamental properties of condensed matter systems using theoretical and computational approaches.  He has over 140 research publications.

He began his career with a postdoctoral appointment at the (NRL) and in 1971 he became a member of the NRL staff working in condensed matter theory and in plasma physics on the theory of x-ray emission from laser-produced plasmas. That launched a twenty three-year career at the NRL culminating in 1989 when Dr. Klein became Branch Head for the Complex Systems Theory Branch, leading a theoretical effort involving over 20 scientists engaged in studies of a wide range of condensed matter properties using electronic structure theory and computational approaches.

Dr. Klein is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow and Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, and he is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  He also chaired the APS Division of Computational Physics in 1997 and again in 2016. Klein is the recipient of several academic and government awards including a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1992.  He has been a member of numerous NSF, DoD and DoE and DOE Laboratory committees including: the NSF Supercomputing Center Peer Review Committee; the High Performance Computing Advisory Board for Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories; the Advisory Committee for Physical Sciences and Space Technology and the Director¹s Advisory Committee at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and the Materials Science and Technology Advisory Committee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He has been involved in developing and supporting numerous major research initiatives at UC Davis, and he has served on many committees and boards in support of UC Davis, the UC system, and the international scientific community.

Dr. Klein currently serves as a Trustee of the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. He is a member of the UC Davis Library Task Force exploring “library of the future” issues and serves as the Treasurer of the UC Davis Emeritae Association.  He continues his research with a focus on understanding current and predicting new superconducting materials that could have a very positive impact on energy efficiency and global warming.

He received his Ph.D. in condensed matter theory from New York University in 1969 following an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from NYU.