Evalyn Gates is the Executive Director and CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Her research focuses on various aspects of cosmology and particle astrophysics, from neutrinos to the cosmic microwave background. Most recently she has been searching for ancient stellar fossils in the form of the oldest white dwarfs.

She grew up enjoying the incredible winters of Batavia N.Y., a small town near Buffalo, and moved a bit further south to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics at the College of William and Mary. After receiving her Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1990, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University before coming to the University of Chicago in 1992. She spent seven years at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, initially as Director of Astronomy and then as Vice President for Science and Education.

More information about her scientific writing and work on women in physics can be found here.

Gates and her husband have three wonderful children, and have recently moved from the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois to Shaker Heights, Ohio.


Whenever possible she spends time with family and friends in the mountains of Colorado.


Buckskin Pass September 2008

The author
Evalyn Gates
(Photo by Dan Dry)
The book
published in February 2009 by W.W.Norton & Company

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