Sylvester James Gates, Jr., director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, will deliver Rensselaer's 15th Annual Garnet Baltimore Lecture at 3:00pm on Monday, April 18.
The lecture, entitled Thoughts for a Third Millennial United States, will be held in the auditorium of The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Gates was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a bachelor's of science in math and physics in 1973, and a Ph.D. in physics in 1977. He wrote MIT's first thesis on "supersymmetry" a topic in modern fundamental theoretical physics. In 1977, he began his research career in mathematical physics of the type first envisioned by Albert Einstein. Gates is a fellow of a number of scientific societies and has served as a consultant for U.S. government agencies and corporate organizations. He has written or co-written numerous research papers published in scientific journals, one book, and contributed numerous articles in others. Gates has over 30 years teaching experience.
The Garnet Baltimore Lecture Series is sponsored by Rensselaer's Office of Institute Diversity. The annual series, which focuses on issues of equality and cultural diversity, was established in 1991 in honor of Baltimore, Rensselaer's first African-American graduate, Class of 1881. A distinguished civil engineer and landscape designer, Baltimore is known locally for the design of Prospect Park in Troy, New York.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For your convenience, we have provided directions to campus.