Smithsonian.com - Interview with Sylvester James Gates
An active proponent of education, diversity and communication, Sylvester James Gates is known for both his research in theoretical physics and his commitment to increasing diversity in his field. Gates is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he studies the fundamental nature of our universe through the lens of supersymmetry—a theory that predicts twice as many fundamental particles as the Standard Model and could be the next step towards a grand unified theory. He’s also the first African-American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major research university in the United States.
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