February 15, 2018
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Keith Jackson.
Dr. Keith Hunter Jackson was born on September 24, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While enrolled at Morehouse he joined the Dual Degree program with Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a B.S in Physics from Morehouse College and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After completing his undergraduate studies, he was accepted to Stanford University, in California. Her received his M.S. in Physics in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1982.
After graduation, Dr. Jackson began working at Hewlett Packard Laboratories as a member of the Gate Dielectric group where he helped to develop techniques to create thin nitride films on silicon layers. Then in September of 1983, he joined the faculty of Howard University as a professor working in the Solid-State Electronics group. Then in July of 1988, Dr. Jackson took a position at Rockwell/International (now Boeing) in the Rocketdyne division where he established a facility for growth and characterization of polycrystalline diamond thin films. In 1992, he moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as an associate director of the Center for X-Ray Optics (CXRO) where he specialized in Extreme Ultra-Violet (EVU) lithography, x-ray lithography, electroplating and injection molding. Then in 2005, Dr. Jackson took the position of Vice President of Research and Professor of Physics at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Today, he currently holds the position of Professor of Physics and Interim Chair of Civil Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. 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.”