Sylvester James Gates Jr., the John S. Toll Professor of Physics and the director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland College Park, has been named the 2014 Scientist of the Year by the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation. The award recognizes internationally noted scientists for their remarkable scientific achievements and for promoting initiatives that serve to increase diversity in all areas of science, engineering, and mathematics.
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. In 2013, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.
The award will be presented to Professor Gates at Harvard on March 28.