2023 Winter Meeting
Plenary Speakers and Awardees
S. James Gates, Jr.
Monday, January 16
4:30 to 5:30 PM (PST)
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. has been named as the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal. The Oersted Medal recognizes his outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics through his national leadership in physics education, his exceptional service to AAPT, and his mentoring of students and in-service teachers. The year of 2022 marks the fifty-first consecutive year of his service as a university instructor in mathematics and physics.
The Oersted Medal is named for Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851), a Danish physicist who, in the course of creating a demonstration for teaching his class, discovered that electric currents cause a magnetic field. This was a crucial step in establishing the theory of electromagnetism so important in building modern technology and modern physics. The award was established by AAPT in 1936 and is given annually to a person who has had outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.
A Half Century Of A Mathematically-Enabled Physicist's Life A personal reflection about 'discovering' science at age four to solving string theory problems past age seventy is recounted. The domains of research, teaching, service, and living a life are reviewed.