Jim Gates is a theoretical physicist. He is currently the Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director, Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Affiliate Mathematics Professor, and a Watson Institute for International Studies & Public Affairs Faculty Fellow at Brown University. He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.


INFORMATION ON  Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe  , (with Cathie Pelletier), Publisher: PublicAffairs (September 24, 2019). ISBN-10: 1541762258; ISBN-13: 978-1541762251.

A book by S. James Gates, Jr. & Cathie Pelletier  about a scientific fellowship among astronomers who traveled the world from 1900 to 1922 and whose daring efforts launched and solidified the global superstardom of physicist Albert Einstein.

Reviewers say of “Proving”


“This is a fascinating and exciting adventure tale! It chronicles the quest of eclipse-chasing astronomers who strove to test if light deflected when passing near the sun according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Their inspiring missions depict the graceful ballet between scientific theory and experiment. In an age when we are searching for the horizons of black holes and the ripples from the origins of the universe, this book will inspire us with the ongoing excitement of understanding our cosmos.”

―-Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Steve Jobs, and Leonardo da Vinci


“With a scientist’s authority and a novelist’s skill, this fascinating book documents the pioneering efforts to put Einstein’s theory to the test, and offers insightful portrayals of the brilliant and intrepid scientists who led the enterprise.”

―Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal and author of On the Future


“It’s all there–adventure, science, history and drama–and wonderfully told.”

―Michael S. Turner, cosmologist, author of The Early Universe, and inventor of the term “dark energy”


“I’ve read the book cover to cover and I must say it is excellent – a gripping narrative all the way through.”

―David Voss, editor of APS NEWS, and former senior editor of Science