Shirley Ann Jackson

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Shirley Ann Jackson in 2010

Shirley Ann Jackson (born August 5, 1946) is an American physicist. She is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1973 she became the first African-American women to get a doctorate degree in nuclear physics.[1] She was also the first to get this degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]

She was named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Science by Discover magazine.[3] In 2007 the National Science Board gave Jackson the Vannevar Bush Award for "a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education and senior statesman-like contributions to public policy".[4]

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  1. Jessie Carney Smith, Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events (Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2013), p. 1689
  2. The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939, eds. Robert L. Harris, Jr.; Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2008), p. 287
  3. "The 50 Most Important Women in Science" Discover Magazine. 1 November 2002.
  4. "Shirley Ann Jackson, leader in Higher Education and Government, to receive the Vannevar Bush Award" NSF. 27 March 2007