Sylvester James Gates, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics and director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland in College Park, was named the winner of the Mendel Medal, given out by Villanova University. The medal was awarded to Professor Gates in recognition of his work in supersymmetry, supergravity, and string theory as well as for his advocacy for science and science education.
Professor Gates has taught at the University of Maryland since 1984. He holds bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Earlier this year, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.