Women's History Month 2015: Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson (1946-Present)
Theoretical Physicist

She was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in physics.
Dr. Jackson studied and conducted research in subatomic particles at the Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois where she studied hadrons and AT&T Bell Laboratories examining the fundamental properties of various materials. She also conducted research at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland where she explored theories of strongly interacting elementary particles.
She was appointed as the chair of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 1995. She is current president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 for her significant contributions as a distinguished scientist and advocate for science education.
Source: http://www.eiu.edu/wism/about_biographies.php

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