•  Sylvester 'Jim' Gates, Jr.

    Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics

    2007 Lecture

    Sylvester "Jim" Gates, Jr.,
    John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.
    Lecture Title: "Modern Cosmology & Superstring Theory: Can They Co-Exist?" The lecture is free and open to the public - please join us to hear this exciting voice from the world of physics!

    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. earned his BS in math, BS in physics, and PhD in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He wrote MIT’s first thesis on supersymmetry, a topic in modern fundamental theoretical physics. He began teaching undergraduate students while still completing his BS at MIT and has continuously taught physics or mathematics since 1971 while holding appointments at MIT, Harvard, Caltech, the University of Maryland, and Howard University. In 1991 he assumed the position of chair of the Howard University Physics Department, where he established the NASA supported Center for Atmospheric Studies and became its first director.

    Professor Gates authored or co-authored many research papers published in scientific journals, co-authored one book, and contributed numerous articles in others. He is a fellow of a number of scientific societies (American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, National Society of Black Physicists) and has served as a consultant for U.S. government agencies (National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense) and corporate organizations (Educational Testing Service, Time-Life Books).

    The National Technical Association named him its 1993 Physicist of the Year as well as the co-recipient (along with astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris) of the Technical Achiever of the Year. He provided comments on supersymmetry in relation to a 1998 Stephen Hawking White House presentation for broadcast and live audiences, including President Bill Clinton. Active in the international arena, Gates holds an honorary appointment at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town and is a supporter of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has served as a consultant to the governments of South Africa, Mali, Australia, and