For Black History Month, Curiosity is highlighting the inspirational stories that you should know (but probably don't) of people who have changed the world.
Shirley Ann Jackson loved math and science as a young girl and stuck with it. She was inspired by nature and often observed the behaviors of bees from her backyard. Not letting discouraging words from her professors phase her, Jackson pursued physics and became the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree from MIT in 1973. Impressed? That's just the beginning.