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Interview with Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.

Sylvester James (Jim) Gates, Jr. is a theoretical physicist who received BS (mathematics and physics) and Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the latter in 1977. His doctoral thesis was the first thesis at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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Interview Text | Recent Research Papers | Talking Points | About Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.


Recent Research Papers

Symbols of Power
S.J. Gates, Jr
Physics World,
Vol. 23, No 6, June 2010, pp. 34 - 39

Relating Doubly-Even Error-Correcting Codes, Graphs, and Irreducible Representations of N-Extended Supersymmetry
C.F. Doran, M.G. Faux, S.J. Gates, Jr., T. Hubsch, K.M. Iga, G.D. Landweber
http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.0051


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About Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.


Credit: Roger Nygard

Sylvester James (Jim) Gates, Jr. is a theoretical physicist. who received BS (mathematics and physics) and Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the latter in 1977. His doctoral thesis was the first thesis at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. Gates is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. As a member of the President's Council, he joins a team of 20 of the country's leading scientists and engineers who will advise the president directly to help the administration formulate policy related to science, technology, and innovation. Professor Gates is also a member of the Maryland State Board of Education.

He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. In 1984, working with M. T. Grisaru, M. Rocek, W. Siegel, Gates co-authored "Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry."

Gates has been featured extensively on many NOVA PBS programs on physics, most notably The Elegant Universe in 2003. In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled "Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality" for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to laypeople. During the 2008 World Science Festival, Professor Gates narrated a ballet "The Elegant Universe" where he gave a public presentation of the artist forms connected to his scientific research.

Dr. Gates participated the first USA Science and Engineering Festival as "Nifty Fifty" speaker and gave a "Three Cosmic Tenors" presentation at the Walter Reed center were who will spoke about his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010. He is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the 2010-2011 School Year. He is also currently continuing his research in string theory, supersymmetry, and supergravity at the MIT Center of Theoretical Physics.

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