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Shirley Ann Jackson

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Some Important Contributions:

    As chairwoman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dr. Jackson worked to restore the agency's credibility and improve its monitoring of nuclear power plants in the aftermath of several emergency shutdowns. -- NYT December 1998 .
    She has been appointed President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   She will assume this post July 1, 1999.
Acceptance Speech for the Presidency of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
New Jersey Governor's Award in Science, 1993

Honorary doctorate degrees from :
Bloomfield College (1991), Fairleigh Dickinson University (1993); Cheyney University (1996); Villanova University (1996); St Peter's College (1997)


1973-74 Research Associate, Fermi National Laboratory
1974-75 European Organization for Nuclear Research
1975-76 Research Associate, Fermi National Laboratory
1976-91 Research Physicist, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
1991-95 Professor, Rutgers University
1991-95 Consultant, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
1995-99 Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission


B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1968
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1973

References consulted:

[amb 1997], [4D AMWS], [NYT 1998], [27_LDO}

Additional Information/Comments:

First African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. of any type from MIT.

Jackson is a life member of the MIT Board of Trustees.

As an undergraduate Jackson organized the Black Student Union at MIT, and worked to increase the number of African Americans entering MIT. She succeeded in raising the number from 2 to over 50.

Her husband, Dr. Morris A. Washington, is a physicist.

Her mother was a social worker and her father a postal supervisor.

Field Editor: Nina Byers


Submitted by:

Ben Johnson

Original citer's name:

Caroline L. Herzenberg

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