Black scientist – Dr Shirley Ann Jackson booklet

What's included?

PDF booklet and answers

Key Stage

KS2, KS3


Years 3-9


Use this free activity booklet to explore key facts about famous black scientist, Dr Shirley Ann Jackson. There are also fun activities and discussion starters for your students. This resource is perfect for Black History Month.

Activity ideas

Fill in the gaps in Dr Shirley Ann Jackson’s biography on the included worksheet. Use the first letter of each answer to reveal the hidden word.

Once students have discovered the hidden word, they should write a few sentences about what the word means to them on the included worksheet.

Who is black scientist Dr Shirley Ann Jackson?

Shirley Ann Jackson was top of her class at school and earned herself a place at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT).

After the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1969, Shirley created a Black Student Union which campaigned for the university to recruit and financially support more underrepresented students.

She became the first African American woman to receive a PhD from MIT, and went on to work as a theoretical physicist at Bell Laboratories as well as chairing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Pearson is shining a spotlight on scientists who deserve recognition and have positively impacted the way that we live today. Browse all of the packs available here.

Black scientist booklet
Black scientist – Dr Shirley Ann Jackson booklet

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