Jean A. (Jackson) Robinson was a research assistant in the Health Division of the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (“Met Lab”) during the Manhattan Project.
Since her employer was relocating out of state, he recommended Robinson for a job at the Met Lab. After World War II, she continued to work at the Met Lab and its successor, Argonne National Laboratory. She worked at Argonne for forty-three years. While at Argonne, she helped with the creation of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
Jean Alice Jackson was born in St. Clair, Michigan on February 13, 1922. She graduated as the valedictorian from Marysville High School in 1939. Following high school, she attended Michigan State University and majored in chemistry.
After graduating from college in 1943, she moved to Chicago, IL and began working as a chemist.
In the 1950s, she married an engineer named Paul Robinson.They were only married for six years. During the 1970s, she became involved in women’s rights and lobbied for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.
At the age of ninety-one, Jean Alice (Jackson) Robinson died on May 25, 2013 in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
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