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Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson

  • Born 1946, Washington, DC
  • 1968, Graduates with a B.S. in Theoretical Physics from MIT
  • 1973, Earns Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT, becoming the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the U.S.
  • 1976, Begins working at Bell Labs in the Theoretical Physics Dept.
  • 1991-1995, Teaches at Rutgers University
  • 1995, Appointed Chair of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by President Bill Clinton
  • 1999, Appointed president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2014, Awarded National Medal of Science

* Biographical information compiled by Jeffery Jones, 2022

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