Anil K. Chopra received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, India, in 1960, the Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree, also from Berkeley, in 1966.
He joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969 where he has served as Vice Chair (1980–83) and Chair (1991–93, 1994–97) of the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been responsible for the development and teaching of courses in structural engineering, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering.
His research activities have included studies of structural dynamics, various problems in earthquake analysis and design of buildings, dynamic soil structure interaction, dynamic fluid structure interaction, and earthquake analysis and design of concrete dams. He has authored more than 380 published papers on this work, a monograph, Earthquake Dynamics of Structures, A Primer, 2005, and a textbook, Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2012, and 2017. The S.I. edition of this book was published in 2015. The book has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, and Farsi.
He serves as a consultant on earthquake engineering problems to numerous governmental and private organizations in several countries. He has served several professional societies in various positions: Chairman (1986) of the Engineering Mechanics Division Executive Committee, and Chairman (1991) of the Structural Division Executive Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers; Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (1990–93), Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (1987–89), the Seismological Society of America (1982–83), and the Applied Technology Council (1972–74); and Chairman of the National Research Council Committee on Natural Disasters (1982–83). Currently, he serves as Executive Editor of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, the journal of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering.