Shirley Jackson, 1973

Shirley Jackson, 1973
Courtesy MIT Museum

Shirley Jackson at MIT the year she earned her PhD in physics, 1973.

Shirley Ann Jackson '68, PhD '73 of Washington, D.C. was one of the first black women to earn a Bachelor's degree and the first to earn a PhD from MIT. During her undergraduate and graduate years at the Institute, Jackson advocated for the recruitment and retainment of black students. Her efforts included co-founding the Black Students' Union in 1968 and working with the Administration to advance racial equity at the Institute. Today Jackson serves as the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a permanent member of the MIT Corporation.

Timeline: 1970s
School: School of Science
Department: Physics
Life: Black Students' Union (BSU)
Career: EducationEngineeringScience
Object: Photograph
Collection: Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, MIT Corporation, Shirley A. Jackson, Students, Women