Jim Gates, is a theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory which seeks to describe the fundamental matter of the universe. It is sometimes referred to as a "theory of everything." Gates uses mathematical models to explore the elementary particles and fundamental forces of nature and works to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.
He is currently a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and is director of its Center for String and Particle Theory. Before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1984, Dr. Gates held postdoctoral appointments as a Harvard University Society of Fellows junior fellow and as a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He currently serves as a member of the Maryland State Board of Education and the U. S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.