In Memoriam: Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

Katherine Johnson, seated at a desk, surrounded by papers. A poster of the moon is on the wall behind her.

Dr. Katherine Johnson, part of the human computer team at NASA and responsible for hand calculating NASA’s path to space, has died at 101. She graduated from West Virginia State College with degrees in math and French and briefly worked as a teacher before working for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (which would later become NASA) at Langley Research Center. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

To read about her influence at NASA and the team of black female mathematicians that helped the United States launch successfully into space, we’ve got Hidden Figures in three formats: book, DVD, and children’s book. 

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