Jackson, Shirley Ann (08/05/1946- )

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Committees/Roles: Finance and Investment Committee
  • Occupation: Theoretical physicist, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1999-
  • Biography: Shirley Ann Jackson of New York is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Jackson received the B.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. Included among her numerous advisory roles and involvement in prestigious national organizations, she is the former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former chairman of its Board of Directors; a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the AAAS. Dr. Jackson holds 40 honorary degrees. She serves on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange Group and chairs the NYSE Regulation Board. She is a director of several major corporations. She also is on the U.S. Comptroller General's Advisory Committee for the Government Accounting Office. Dr. Jackson served as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1998, where she reorganized the agency and revamped its regulatory approach.


  • Jackson, Shirley Ann 1946-
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Investment


Smithsonian Board of Regents

Regent type



New York


  • Torch Magazine, June 2005, p.6.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Office of the President, web site, www.rpi.edu/president/profile.html, accessed 5/30/2007

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


Regent Tenure: 05/05/2005-05/06/2017


  • Women
  • Physicists
  • College presidents
  • Educators
  • New York
  • African Americans


New York



Full Record

View Full Record