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In August 2021 Prof. Gates was the recipient of the 2021 Andrew Gemant Award.

Elected as a Fellow of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) beginning May, 2021.

In March 2020 Prof. Gates was elected to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees.

In July 2018 Prof. Gates was elected to the American Physical Society (APS) presidential line. He will serve as President during 2021.

Inducted into the Orange County Public Schools Hall of Fame, Orlando, Florida, on May 5, 2018.

Recipient of the 2014 Scientist of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation.

On November 16, 2013, Prof. Gates was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University “in recognition of his influential work in supersymmetry, supergravity and string theory, as well as his advocacy for science and science education in the United States and abroad.”

In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American theoretical physicist so recognized in its 150-year history.

In 2013, President Obama awarded Prod. Gates the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition given by the U.S. to scientists with the citation, ‘‘For his contribution to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and his extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.’’

In 2012, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, only the sixth person to be so recognized since 1992.

Recipient of “2012 Outstanding Community Service Award”, KSEA UKC 2012, 11 Aug 2012.

Honorary Degrees:

Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Philosophiae Doctor Ingeneriae honoris            causa (PhD Ing hc)), University of Johannesburg, 2021
Master of Arts, ad eundem, Brown University, 2018
Doctor of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
Doctor of Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2015
Doctorate of Engineering, NYU-Poly, 2013
Doctorate of Science, Morgan State University, 2010
Doctor of Science, University of Western Australia, March 17, 2010
Doctor of Humane Letters, Loyola University Chicago, May 20, 2005
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Georgetown University, May 25, 2001

A complete listing of Prof. Gates honors and awards may be found on his curriculum vitae.