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Sylvester James (Jim) Gates

University System of Maryland Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics, and Director, Center for String and Particle Theory
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Primary Expertise: 
Physics
Expertise: 
Research
STEM Education
Biography: 

National Medal of Science winner Jim Gates is a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics and director of the UMD Center for String and Particle Theory. He is known for his influential work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas that are closely related to string theory. Gates, who serves on the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, is widely recognized for his national and international advocacy for science and science education.

Gates's capacity to explain difficult concepts of physics has resulted in him being featured on NPR and in PBS's NOVA productions and video productions about the science of NFL football and NHL hockey.  

Gates is the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major U.S. research university and the first African-American physicist elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He has held appointments at MIT, Harvard, the California Institute of Technology and Howard University and served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Educational Testing Service and Time-Life Books. 

His international engagement in science and education policy issues includes serving as a scientific assessor for the Australian Research Council, a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study in Cape Town, South Africa, and a member of Maliwatch, a board promoting education, health and economic development in the western African country of Mali. 

Education: 
Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology