Frank Berry was born in London, England, on 1st March 1947. He grew up and attended school in London, and his interest in chemistry originated at around age nine, when his father gave him a chemistry set. Subsequently, Frank studied chemistry at Birkbeck College in The University of London, graduating with a B.Sc. degree in 1972. His Ph.D. degree was also taken in The University of London under the supervision of Dr. Barry Smith. During this time, he synthesised new organotellurium compounds for examination by the new technique of 125Te heteronuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.