This is Shirley A.
Jackson. She is a wonderful person. In 1973 she became
the first African American w oman to receive a doctorate in theoretical solid
state physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . This was a
great honor for her.
Dr. Shirley Jackson
also did many other things in her life besides win awards.
Born August 5, 1949 in Washington D.C., Dr. Jackson was destined for
success. Dr. Jackson received her B.S. in physics in 1968 from MIT.
Awards and Accomplishments
1964- Graduated from Roosevelt High School as valedictorian of her class
1968- Earned Bachelor of Science degree in physics from MIT
1973- Became first African American woman to be awarded a doctorate in theoretical solid state physics
1993- Awarded New Jersey Governor's Award in Science
1995- Appointed to chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
1997- Elected as chairman of the newly formed International Nuclear Regulators' Association
1999- Joined the ranks of
U. S. college presidents on July 1, 1999 when she assumed the top position
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was featured on the cover
of the March issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.
Dr. Jackson's former school