Jeff Berkeley

Jeff Berkeley

Chemistry


Jeff Berkeley, M.S., was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 12, 1955, to a low-to-middle economic class stock brokerage clerk and his wife, both second generation Americans of European descent.

After moving to southern California in 1961, Jeff distinguished himself by winning awards for mathematical excellence and becoming chess champion of his school, finishing 3rd in the LA City high school tournament as a sophomore. He majored in math/science in high school, graduating in 1972 with high honors, just before turning age 17.

He joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter and served a tour of duty in Frankfurt, Germany. After returning home, he started at California State University, Northridge, where he, through 31 semesters, earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in physical education, and finally a master's degree in physics in 1990. It is during this last period (1988–90) he began producing fractals at the CSU Northridge workstation laboratory.

He has taught high school and college chemistry, physics and mathematics in the general Los Angeles and Portland metro areas, both private and public, for almost forty years. He brings all of that experience to New West Charter High School.

Most recently, he left teaching AP physics and AP calculus at Beverly Hills High School where his students set all-time school records for AP test success.

He is married to his high school sweetheart and has raised five children, three girls and two boys.

His fractal mathematical art website is the largest website of its kind in the world and he continues his research to this day, uncovering imagery heretofore unknown to humankind. You can see his work here.

He enjoys spending much of his free time playing music, and used to play bass guitar for two local LA rock and roll cover bands, Out of Order and The Go Katz. He is now looking to revive his playing career with a new project of fun geezers.

He is also a multiple game show winner and can still be seen every now and then on the game show channel.

Retired from playing softball (after a long career), he enjoys skiing, racquetball, stringed instruments, science, computer role-playing games, graphics/fractals, Shakespeare, Jethro Tull, Bible study, ice cream and puzzles of all kinds.


 

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