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Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

Professor of Physics, University of Maryland

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. is an American theoretical physicist working as the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. He loves the "super" aspects of physics: supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. To make these "super" notions more lucid for general public, he created a DVD series for the lifelong-learning centric The Teaching Company called Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality. Born in 1950, Gates obtained both his bachelor's and doctor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.