Katherine Johnson was a pioneer scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She determined the trajectories for America's first manned space flights in 1961 and 1962. In 1969 her work was instrumental in landing men on the moon. The following year she helped bring the ill-fated Apollo 13 safely back to Earth. An early computer expert, Johnson was considered to be one of the most brilliant mathematicians at NASA. In 2015, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A year later, she was one of the subjects of the Academy Award-nominated biographical film, Hidden Figures. She passed away at the age of 101 on February 24, 2020.
Katherine Coleman was born on August 26, 1918, in White...Read more
- August 26, 1918
- February 24, 2020
- Mathematics teacher;
- Research scientist;
- Johnson, Katherine Coleman Goble;
- Johnson, Katherine G.