Shirley Ann Jackson

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Shirley Ann Jackson

The Physicist "Shirley Ann Jackson"

Shirley Ann Jackson, known as a “national treasure” by the National Science Board was born in Washington D.C. on August 5, 1946, to the parents of Beatrice and George Jackson. Growing up, Jackson was strongly motivated by her parents to achieve well in school. Motivated to do well, she graduated with honors and as valedictorian in 1964 from Roosevelt High School. Continuing her education, she entered MIT, where she studied both physics and material science. She graduated in 1968, and continued her education at MIT, studying elementary particle physics. She did her graduate work under the advisor of James Young, and graduated in 1973.

Atoms make up everything in the universe, but they are so tiny you can not see them even with a microscope.

Subatomic particles are very unstable and short lived.

Jackson was motivated to excel in her career to improve the quality of education for minorities and women in the world.

Jackson was the first African American woman to receive a Ph. D. from MIT. Working for Bell Laboratories she made advances on telecommunication. Her inventions include…-Portable fax-Touch tone telephones-Solar cell-Fiber optic cables-Caller ID-Call waiting

Jackson became the president of The Rensselaer Institute in 1991. Since being there, she has led the development and implemented the plan. The goal of the school is to achieve great prominence in the 21st century as top-tier world class technology research university with global reach and global impact.

During the time Jackson was going to school, segregation was a big issue. When entering her career as a physicist, Jackson paved the way for many minorities and women to fields of engineering and science.

Maria Goeppert Mayer won a Nobel Prize in physics for her development of shell nuclear model theory of the structure of atomic nuclei in 1963.

Shirley Ann Jackson's hero is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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