It's old news that science fiction inspires scientists, but it's downright adorable watching Dr. S. James Gates, Jr. retell the story of the first movie he ever saw. Spaceways featured rockets, astronauts, and a relatively diverse cast for the 1950s: no wonder he became a physicist!

You know how there are some things that will draw you into any story? Ida Lupino was Gates' mother's favourite actress, so any movie with her related to it was on the must-watch list. The 1950s actress brought the family to the theatre, and the movie brought Gates into science.


Dr. Gates is a theoretical physicist who works on the super-prefix class of problems: supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is a professor at the Univeristy of Maryland, and serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. This interview-clip is in support of an upcoming public lecture at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.