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Berkeley is a mid-sized city in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Situated in the East Bay, Berkeley is renowned for its world-class university, liberal politics, 1960s Free Speech Movement roots, and cultural and culinary pursuits.

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  1. Berkeley was named for the Irish theologian and poet George Berkeley.
  2. Berkeley has one of the highest rates of bicycle commuting in the country.
  3. Berkeley is the site of the oldest campus in the University of California system, the University of California, Berkeley.
  4. The element berkelium was synthesized utilizing the 60-inch cyclotron at UC Berkeley, and named in 1949, recognizing the university, thus also placing the city's name in the list of elements.
  5. Ben Affleck, a famous American actor and filmmaker, was born in Berkeley.

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