Mary Jackson was an African American mathematician and engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where she worked from 1950 until 1985. A pioneering force for African American women in mathematics and engineering, Jackson was a prominent champion of women and minorities throughout her career. In addition, she participated in work that facilitated the success of astronaut John Glenn's mission to orbit the earth in 1962, which is considered one of the landmark moments of the Cold War-era space race.
Jackson was born Mary Winston in Hampton, Virginia, on April 9, 1921, to Frank C. and Ella Scott Winston. After graduating from high school with honors, Jackson earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physical science at the Hampton...Read more
- April 09, 1921
- February 11, 2005
- Jackson, Mary Winston