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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Research Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Panama
Favorite Quote:
That's all it takes.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1948
Birth Location:
Georgetown,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Research Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Panama
Favorite Quote:
That's all it takes.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1948
Birth Location:
Georgetown
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Biography

Research physicist and physics professor Godfrey Gumbs was born on September 7, 1948 in Georgetown, Guyana to Mary Teresa Gumbs, a homemaker and Charles Alexander Gumbs, a postal worker. After graduating from Queen’s College of Guyana, he received a Guyana scholarship to attend Trinity College, Cambridge University where he earned his B.A. degree in applied mathematics in 1971. From 1971 to 1972, he sat Part III of the Mathematics Tripos which is a natural first step for the doctoral degree at Cambridge. Gumbs went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Toronto in 1973 and 1978, respectively.

From 1978 to 1982, Gumbs served as a Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. Then, from 1982 to 1989, he worked as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Fellow, a Canada University Research Fellow at Dalhousie University and the University of Lethbridge. As an NSERC Fellow, Gumbs held the position of Assistant Professor of physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and as Professor of Physics at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. In 1992, he was hired by Hunter College, City University of New York and was duly appointed the Chianta-Stoll Chair and as a University Distinguished Professor. Gumbs received the Eugene Lang Student-Faculty Research Fellowship at Hunter College in 1993 and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research from Hunter in 2003. He has served as a vising professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar and a visiting fellow at his alma mater, Trinity College, Cambridge University. His research interests in theoretical condensed matter physics include: nanoscale semiconductor structures and electronic properties of mesoscopic systems. He has over 300 publications in leading scientific journals and co-wrote the textbook Properties of Interacting Low-Dimensional System, in 2011.

Gumbs is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society (APS). He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, a United States Air Force Faculty Fellow and a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Scholar (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Gumbs is a member of the Sigma-Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society. In 2005, he received APS’ Edward A. Bouchet Award for his significant contributions to physics and his mentoring of students. Gumbs and his wife, Jean have three adult sons.

Godfrey Gumbs was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 17, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about trade in Georgetown, Guiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his mother's upbringing in Georgetown, Guiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Godfrey Gumbs describes how his parents met and their personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his neighborhood in Georgetown, Guiana and the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his days at St. Thomas Moore Roman Catholic School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his childhood illnesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about Wrungfield Anglican School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about the social and political climate of Guiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his family's educational background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his graduation from Queen's College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Godfrey Gumbs describes the influence of religion on his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his experience going to London for the first time
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Godfrey Gumbs describes the student body of Cambridge University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about the faculty at Cambridge University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about solid state physics and his decision to attend the University of Toronto
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about the University of Toronto
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his doctoral research
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his postdoctoral research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his work at the University of Lethbridge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his work during his sabbatical
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about the use of carbon and carbon nanotubes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his move to Hunter College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs discusses the future of nanotechnology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Godfrey Gumbs describes the discovery of graphene
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about honors he has received
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs describes Trinity College and his work with single electron transfer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his research on graphene
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs describes the challenges of attracting more minority students to physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about the future of nanotechnology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his experience in Toronto as a minority STEM student
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Godfrey Gumbs discusses New York's efforts to attract minority students to physics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Godfrey Gumbs reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Godfrey Gumbs describes his efforts to help students in Guiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Godfrey Gumbs talks about how he would like to be remembered