#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Shirley Ann Jackson

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

For this week’s #WomenInSTEMWednesday I decided to combine it with #BlackHistoryMonth. Shirley Ann Jackson not only had breakthrough scientific research that led to all kinds of things we use now, but she was also the first African American woman to attain a doctorate degree from MIT in nuclear physics.

Her passion for science started at a young age and continued to grow. She has helped solve problems across that world in technology and even some nuclear plants.

Jackson’s scientific research has helped others invent things such as solar cells, fiber optic cables, and some of the technology behind caller ID and call waiting (woot woot!)

Even though she had some difficult times at MIT, she never let that stop her. Instead, she pushed through has become a great role model for#WomenInSTEM

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