Sylvester James Gates
|Sylvester James Gates|
December 15, 1950 |
|Institutions||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Doctoral advisor||James E. Young|
Supersymmetry nonrenormalization theorems
|Notable awards||Klopsteg Memorial Award (2003)
National Medal of Science (2013)
Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (born December 15, 1950), known as S. James Gates, Jr, or Jim Gates, is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, a University of Maryland Regents Professor and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Gates received BS (1973) and PhD (1977) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral thesis was the first at MIT on supersymmetry. With M. T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Gates coauthored Superspace, or One thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry (1984), the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry.
Gates was nominated by the Department of Energy as one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's "Nifty Fifty" Speakers to present his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010. He is on the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public.
Gates was a Martin Luther King, Jr., Visiting Scholar at MIT (2010-11) and was a Residential Scholar at MIT's Simmons Hall. He is pursuing ongoing research into string theory, supersymmetry, and supergravity at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. His research focuses on Adinkra symbols as representations of supersymmetric algebras.
Gates has been featured extensively on NOVA PBS programs on physics, notably "The Elegant Universe" (2003). He completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality (2006) for The Teaching Company consisting of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to laypeople. During the 2008 World Science Festival, Gates narrated a ballet "The Elegant Universe", where he gave a public presentation of the artistic forms connected to his scientific research. Gates Appeared on the 2011 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Theory of Everything, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Gates also appeared in the BBC Horizon documentary The Hunt for Higgs in 2012. Gates recently appeared in another NOVA documentary "Big Bang Machine" in 2015.
He appeared on a national commercial for Turbo Tax in 2016 in which he helps a person do his taxes by showing the man how to press his finger to a screen, thereby comically using his genius to show how simple it is.
- L'arte della fisica - Stringhe, superstringhe, teoria unificata dei campi, 2006, Di Renzo Editore, ISBN 88-8323-155-4.
- "UMD PCAST announcement". University of Maryland. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- Gates, S. James; Grisaru, M. T.; Rocek, M.; Siegel, W. (1983). "Superspace". American Institute of Physics.
- Nifty Fifty, USA Science and Engineering Festival
- "S. James Gates". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- "Sylvester James Gates Jr. lecture". News@Concordia. Concordia University.
- "The Elegant Universe: Karole Armitage, Lukas Ligeti, Jim Gates, Science & the City Podcast". Retrieved December 1, 2015.