PHYSICIST, AUTHOR, MUSEUM INNOVATOR
Evalyn Gates is a theoretical physicist/cosmologist who has spent most of her research career deep in the cosmos, happily searching for dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos and white dwarfs. She is also passionate about inviting every curious mind on planet Earth to explore the natural world around us, from our own backyards to the most distant galaxies -- and beyond. She has served as the Executive Director & CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Vice President for Science & Education at Chicago's Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. She continues to work to address the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, recognizing that we are missing the ideas, energy and creativity of too many talented individuals who should be encouraged and supported.
Her trek through the academic world began at the College of William & Mary where she did her undergraduate work in physics, followed by an interesting detour through biomedical engineering (B.S. Case Western Reserve University and two years in an orthopedics research lab at Massachusetts General Hospital). Unable to resist the call of the subatomic world, she dove back into physics -- earning her Ph.D at CWRU before moving on to postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and the University of Chicago, where she eventually joined the research faculty in Astronomy & Astrophysics and served as the Assistant Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Physics at CWRU and working on several writing projects.
Evalyn and her husband Eric have three amazing grown children, who have each added equally amazing spouses and children to the family. They live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and spend as much time as possible hiking, skiing and exploring this incredible wilderness. She has summited 8 of Colorado's 14ers ... and counting.