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Celebrating Dr. Shirley A. Jackson

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. We will recognize one of the black tech pioneers who contributed significantly to telecommunication and made other major contributions in technology.

In celebrating Black History month, we pick Dr. Shirley A. Jackson to honor her contributions. She is the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in nuclear physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1973, including the first African American woman to lead a top-ranked research university. She is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Physicist.

Her significant developments in the telecommunication field were touch-tone telephone, caller ID, call waiting, the portable fax, and fiber-optic cable. Check out seven facts about Dr. Jackson.

Today, Dr. Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, the oldest technological research university in the United States.

"I was educated to address complex problems by having an intuition about the answer and by learning to break the problems down into parts that can more easily be solved. So I view myself as both a visionary and a pragmatist."

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson during this Black History Month.

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