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Gates, Sylvester

Gates, Sylvester

  • Title: College Park Professor
  • Address: 1117 John S. Toll Physics Building
  • Phone: 301.405.6025

Curriculum Vitae (complete publication list, professional activities, etc. ppg103)

Gravitation Wave Detection
2014 Gravitational Wave Talk (a.) (b.)


Sylvester James Gates Jr. retired on June 30, 2017, and was named a College Park Professor. During his decades with the UMD Department of Physics, he was named a Distinguished University Professor, University System of Maryland Regents Professor and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. Known for his pioneering work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to string theory, Gates was also an affiliate mathematics professor. Gates earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (in physics and mathematics) and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1984, Gates co-authored Superspace: One Thousand and One Lessons in Supersymmetry, the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry, and joined the UMD faculty as an associate professor. Four years later, he became the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major U.S. research university.

The author of more than 200 research papers and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gates has been featured in dozens of video documentaries, including five in 2015. For his contribution to science and research, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. Gates serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the National Commission on Forensic Science, and the Maryland State Board of Education. He is a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Recipient of: Election to the:
National Medal of Science (a.), (b.), (c.), (d.)
Mendel Medal (a.)(b.)
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
American Philosophical Society
National Academy of Sciences

PCAST Appointment by President Obama
Regents Professor Appointment by Chancellor Kirwan