Dr. Jackson invented touch-tone phone, caller ID, call waiting and more
2/8/2021, 6 a.m.
Dr. Shirley Jackson, an American physicist who received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics at MIT. In addition to her lengthy list of academic achievements, she also has an impressive number of inventions under her belt.
Her experiments with theoretical physics paved the way for numerous developments in the telecommunication space including the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting, and the fiber-optic cable.
Dr. Shirley Jackson went on to become the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.