About Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
Sylvester James Gates, Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida and attended a segregated African American high school in Orlando, Florida. While earning his Ph.D. at M.I.T. he began his pioneering research on supersymmetry and supergravity, which became the basis for the “string theory revolution” of theoretical physics in the 1980s. Among many honors and distinctions, Jim Gates was appointed President of the American Physical Society for 2021, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2013 by President Obama. Professor Gates was also a member of PCAST, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2009-2016). His connections to Fermilab include serving on the Board of Directors of the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (2010-2014).