Shirley Jackson is the Black woman who invented the touch tone telephone, the portable fax machine, solar cell and fiber optic cables necessary in overseas telecommunication.
Jackson was the first Black female to graduate from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) receiving all three graduate level degrees to include bachelor, master and doctorate in the area of physics.
Dr. Jackson is currently the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) which is the oldest technological university in the United States and located in Troy, NY.
Dr. Jackson’s poise and charisma is evident in the photo above taken from the RPI website president office cover photo.
You can listen to Dr. Jackson’s opinion on the important role that math, science and technology should have in schools at the following podcast link produced by Hsi-Chang Lin in 2011 while Dr. Jackson was in attendance at the World Economic Forum:
Dr. Jackson appears to have a healthy global perspective when it comes to economics and education as a whole. Further research of Dr. Jackson’s efforts would prove to be evident of her global empathetic and awareness nature.
Shirly Jackson is the Black woman who invented the touch tone telephone, the portable fax machine, solar cell and fiber optic cables necessarry in overseas tele-communication.