Published on Jun 30, 2014
Jesse Russell, Inventor Wireless Communications
INTERVIEW DATE: 5/16/2012
Inventor, electrical engineer, and business executive Jesse E. Russell, Sr. was born on April 26, 1948 in Nolensville, Tennessee to Mary Louise Russell and Charles Albert Russell. He was raised in inner-city Nashville along with his ten siblings. In 1972 Russell received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University.
As a top honor student, Russell became the first African American to be hired directly from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) by AT&T Bell Laboratories. The following year, he earned his M. S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
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