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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oranges
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
In Physics, We Don't Teach You What To Think. We Teach You How To Think.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1953
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oranges
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
In Physics, We Don't Teach You What To Think. We Teach You How To Think.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1953
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Physicist Keith Hunter Jackson was born on September 24, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio to Gloria and Russell Jackson. He earned two B.S. degrees, one in physics from Morehouse College and one in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jackson then moved to California where he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1979 and 1982, respectively.

After obtaining his graduate degrees, Jackson began working for Hewlett Packard Laboratories. He became a member of the Gate Dielectric group and developed techniques to create thin nitride films on silicon layers. In 1983, he served as a professor at Howard University, working in the Solid State Electronics group. Beginning in 1988, Jackson worked for Rockwell International (now Boeing) in the Rocketdyne division where under the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program he performed research on diamond thin films, high powered chemical and Free Electron Lasers (FEL) and water-cooled optics. In 1992, Jackson began working for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as associate director of the Center for X-Ray Optics (CXRO). His research interests were in the Extreme Ultra-Violet (EVU) lithography, x-ray lithography, electroplating and injection molding. EUV lithography is the technology, which is used to build billions of nano-sized devices for use in computers and cell phones. X-ray lithography and molding is used to build micro-sized mechanical devices like micropumps, and tiny mirrors for large screen projection TV’s. In 2005, Jackson became Vice President of Research and Professor of Physics at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). On January 4th 2010, Jackson moved to Baltimore, Maryland and joined the faculty of Morgan State University as Chair of the Department of Physics.

Jackson served as president of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) from 2001 to 2006. He is also a fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists and the African Scientific Institute. In 2004, Jackson was selected as one of the 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology. In addition to his published papers, Jackson has written pieces on minority physicists including “Utilization of African American Physicists in the Science & Engineering Workforce” and “The Status of the African American Physicist in the Department of Energy National Laboratories.”

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Keith Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his mother's experience growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson talks about his mother attending Ohio State University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Keith Jackson describes his father's service in the U.S. Air Force and his experience at Harvard Law School in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his father's death in 1957
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes how his parents met and got married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson recalls his memories of his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson talks about his brother, and describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes the sights, smells and sounds of growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Keith Jackson describes segregation in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Keith Jackson describes his experience in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Keith Jackson describes his interest in comic books and Estes model rockets
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his childhood perception of the space race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson talks about his secular upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson talks about his brother, David Jackson, and his childhood interest in slot cars
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes how slot cars work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson talks about his technical problem-solving skills as a teenager - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson talks about his technical problem-solving skills as a teenager - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Keith Jackson describes his experience attending Champion Junior High School and Bishop Hartley Catholic School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his mother's reasons for sending him to Bishop Hartley Catholic School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Bishop Hartley Catholic School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson talks about the activism of Dr. Charles O. Ross at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson talks about applying to colleges in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to attend Morehouse College to major in physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson talks about Carl Spight's role in improving the physics department at Morehouse College - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson talks about Carl Spight's role in improving the physics department at Morehouse College - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Morehouse College - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Morehouse College - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson talks about the physics department at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson talks about his foundational education in physics at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson talks about black professional societies in the 1970s, and the trends regarding black scientists at the time
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson discusses science education at historically black colleges and universities - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson discusses science education at historically black colleges and universities - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson discusses the importance of a foundational education for physics and engineering students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson discusses recent discoveries and trends in the physical sciences and technology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes the Higgs boson and the implications of its discovery - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes the Higgs boson and the implications of its discovery - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his experience as a graduate student at Stanford University - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his experience as a graduate student at Stanford University - part two
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to work at Stanford University's Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his doctoral research at Stanford University's Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory - part one
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his doctoral research at Stanford University's Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory - part two
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his doctoral research at Stanford University's Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory - part three
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson talks about the dangers of working with lasers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to join the department of electrical engineering at Howard University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to leave Howard University and accept a position at Rocketdyne
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his work on the free electron laser at Rocketdyne
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his work on diamond thin films at Rocketdyne - part one
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his work on diamond thin films at Rocketdyne - part two
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his work on the application of Rocketdyne's water-cooler mirrors in the synchrotron radiation community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes the importance of finding the correct match in employment
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to join Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1992 - part one
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to join Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1992 - part two
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes the concept of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his work on Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson discusses the futuristic projects at Rockwell International's Advance Programs division
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) - part one
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) - part two
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson discusses the lack of African American professional physicists at laboratories funded by the Department of Energy - part one
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson discusses the lack of African American professional physicists at laboratories funded by the Department of Energy - part two
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson talks about what it takes to become a successful physicist
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson talks about the shortage of African American scientists in management and research roles
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson talks about the African American scientists employed at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAEOHE) - part one
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAEOHE) - part two
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to become a professor of physics at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his experience working at Florida A&M University, and the nature of the U.S. federal granting process
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes the mismanagement of research funds at Florida A&M University in the early 2000s - part one
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes the mismanagement of research funds at Florida A&M University in the early 2000s - part two
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes the state of research funding at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement in securing research funding for Florida A&M University - part one
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement in securing research funding for Florida A&M University - part two
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson describes his involvement in securing research funding for Florida A&M University - part three
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson describes his experience at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson describes his decision to leave Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson describes the challenges to science education at HBCUs - part one
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Keith Jackson describes the challenges to science education at HBCUs - part two
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Keith Jackson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Keith Jackson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 15 Story: 1 - Keith Jackson reflects upon his career choices
  • Tape: 15 Story: 2 - Keith Jackson talks about his family
  • Tape: 15 Story: 3 - Keith Jackson talks about how he would like to be remembered