S. James Gates, Jr.

John S. Toll Professor of Physics, University of Maryland

S. James Gates Jr. photoS. James Gates, Jr., APS Past President investigates the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories. In 2013, he received a National Medal of Science and became the first African-American theoretical physicist elected to the National Academy of Sciences in its one-hundred and fifty-year history. During the period of 2009 - 2017, he was a member of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) during the Obama administration.