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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
Love others as you love yourself. - Matthew 22:29

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1966
Birth Location:
Dakar,

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
Love others as you love yourself. - Matthew 22:29

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1966
Birth Location:
Dakar
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Biography

Physics professor and physicist Paul Guèye was born on July 8, 1966 in Dakar, Senegal to Jupiter Guèye and Elisabeth Soumah. He earned his B.S and M.S. degrees in physics and chemistry from the University Cheikh Anta Diop in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Guèye became the first Senegalese to earn his doctorate degree in nuclear/high energy physics; receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1994.

After completing his education, Guèye joined the physics department at Hampton University as a postdoctoral fellow and conducted research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. In 2001, he was appointed a research professor at Hampton University and head of the brachytherapy research and development group of Hampton’s medical physics graduate program. In 2002, Guèye joined the Hampton University School of Science Recruitment Committee. His research interests include experimental nuclear physics, accelerator physics, medical physics, space science and Geant4 Simulation. Guèye worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to improve knowledge of radiation’s interaction with matter and is the Geant4 coordinator for the NASA space radiation program. He has also patented an “Apparatus and Method for Brachytherapy Radiation Distribution Mapping.” Guèye has worked extensively with the National Society of Black Physicists including serving as the co-chair of the medical physics section since 2004, chair of pre-college programs committee since 2005, co-chair of the nuclear and particle physics section since 2006 and president of the National Society of Black Physicists since 2011.

In addition to his research, Guèye co-supervised the first African American female Ph.D. students in nuclear physics and medical physics at Hampton University. He is very active in improving minority science education for both students and professionals. Guèye is the chair of the African Affairs sub-committee of the American Association for Physicists in Medicine. He coordinated the American Association for Physics Teachers’ “Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics” Workshop in 2011 and in 2008, and he organized the Fifty Years of Women in Medical Physics Symposium. Guèye co-led an international collaboration to develop a large research facility for Africa and is a member of the US Materials Research Society Sub-Committee in Africa. Guèye is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. He lives with his wife Mornetka in Hampton, Virginia.

Paul Guèye was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul Gueye's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye talks about his non-traditional family life in Senegal
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about the importance of education in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye talks about his cultural upbringing in Senegal
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye talks about his family's accomplishments and religious beliefs, and the general religious harmony in Senegal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye talks about his father's education in France, and his parents' employment as school principals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye talks about his likeness to his parents, and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye talks about being raised by his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about Senegal being a popular country in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye describes his childhood neighborhood, everyday activities, and family gatherings in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Dakar, Senegal - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Paul Gueye describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Dakar, Senegal - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Paul Gueye describes his interest in soccer (football) and his long-time involvement with the Vietnamese martial art, Viet Vo Dao
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Paul Gueye talks about Goree Island and the Pan African Festival of the Arts in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye describes his experience in school in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye talks about his and his twin brother's mischievousness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye talks about his academic performance and the teachers who influenced him in school - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye talks about his academic performance and the teachers who influenced him in school - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about his early interest in science and his curiosity as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes the French system of high school education, and his experience with this system in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye describes his decision to study physics and chemistry in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye describes the social differences in the approach to education in the U.S. and in Senegal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye talks about his mentors in science, and how he was able to pursue his Ph.D. degree in physics in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye talks about learning about the history of Senegal and the accomplishments of African icons during his school education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye shares a story from Senegal, about achieving success against all odds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye describes his work ethic and his interest in teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about the lack of scientific infrastructure at African universities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes his experience at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, and talks about his friend, Issa Cisse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye describes his interest in music, and talks about popular Senegalese musicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye talks about his brother, Rene Gueye's employment in the business sector in Senegal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye describes his experience as a doctoral student in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye describes his experience in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about his social personality and his nickname as "Monsieur Question" in school in Senegal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes his introduction to nuclear physics in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye describes his doctoral dissertation research on dispersive effects and Coulomb effects in nuclear physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye describes his decision to pursue his post-doctoral research in HistoryMaker Oliver Keith Baker's laboratory at Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Paul Gueye describes his early impressions of the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye shares his perceptions of social and cultural diversity in the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye describes the fundamental concept of particle scattering experiments in nuclear physics - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye describes the fundamental concept of particle scattering experiments in nuclear physics - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye describes his joint affiliation with Hampton University and the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye talks about Hampton University's Ph.D. program in physics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes the significance of his doctoral dissertation work on the dispersive effects and Coulomb effects in nuclear physics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye talks about his current experiments at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye talks about the interaction between Thomas Jefferson National Lab and Hampton University, and lists graduates of HU's Ph.D. program in physics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Paul Gueye describes the establishment and application of the Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI) at Hampton University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Paul Gueye describes his involvement with the National Society of Black Physicists in exposing African American students to medical physics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Paul Gueye describes his efforts to establish a particle accelerator facility at Hampton University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Paul Gueye describes his efforts to promote minorities to pursue studies in physics and other STEM fields
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Paul Gueye reflects upon his career goals for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Paul Gueye reflects upon his life and his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Paul Gueye describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Paul Gueye talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Paul Gueye talks about how he would like to be remembered