March 11, 2018
Incredible Things That Were Invented by Women
DR. SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON’S BREAKTHROUGHS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH LED TO THE INVENTION OF CALLER ID AND CALL WAITING.
With a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics, Dr. Jackson was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT in any field.
From 1976 to 1991, Dr. Jackson conducted research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she helped contribute to the development of caller ID and call waiting. In 2016, then-President Obama awarded Dr. Jackson the highest honor for scientific achievement in the US, the National Medal of Science.
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