World renowned physicist Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr. to host public lecture on campus April 13

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Lipscomb University welcomes world renowned physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. for a public lecture titled "The 1,358,954,496 Matrix Elements to get from SUSY Diff Eq’s to Pictures, Codes, Card Games, Music, Computers and Back Again" on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Stowe Hall, located in the Swang Business Center. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Dr.Gates_LARGEHosted by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, this special lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Lori Martin at

“We are elated to have Dr. Sylvester James Gates, a world renowned physicist, host a public lecture for both our Lipscomb community and the Middle Tennessee community this week,” said Florah Mhlanga, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “Dr. Gates has been extremely influential in the sciences and has been recognized for some of the most prestigious awards given in his field. We invite the community to join us for this exciting, free event!”

Sylvester James Gates Jr. is an American theoretical physicist known for his work on super symmetry, supergravity and superstring theory. He is currently a University System Regents professor and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the director of the String and Particle Theory Center; affiliate professor of mathematics; and serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science, and on the Maryland State Board of Education. He has also served on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. That same year, Gates was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University in recognition of his influential work and the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S. In 2014, he was also named Harvard University Foundation’s ‘‘Scientist of the Year.’’ 

Most recently, he became a member of the board of directors of the Achieve, Inc. and the board of councillors for the Boy Scout of America’s STEM National Council. He currently continues his research in supersymmetry in systems of particles, fields and strings.

While on campus, Dr. Gates will also present the Keynote at the 6th Annual Student Scholars Symposium titled “What Did St. Augustine, Galileo and Einstein have to say about Faith vs. Science?”

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at 615.966.6146.