– Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson wanted to be a research mathematician from the time she was 18 years old. When she finally got her chance, she did not let the world down. She and the other women in this role, referred to as “West Computers,” were responsible for the tedious mathematical calculations needed to send the first Americans into space.
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Credit: Hugh Talman, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
For her contributions to modern science, Katherine Johnson has won numerous accolades and awards.
Lunar Spacecraft and Operation’s Group Achievement Award, NASA
NASA’s Apollo Group Achievement Award, NASA
President Barack H. Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, on November 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
In 2013, NASA named its new 37,000-square-foot data center at Langley after Katherine Johnson.
Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation, Farimont, WV.
Katherine G Johnson Computational Research Facility, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Katherine G Johnson Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) Facility, Fairmont, WV
Katherine G Johnson Hall, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Katherine G. Johnson S.T.E.M. Institute at Alpha Academy, Fayetteville, NC
Katherine G Johnson STEM Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Katherine G Johnson Elementary School, Newport News, VA
Katherine G Johnson Elementary School-Bethel School District, Pierce County, WA
Katherine G Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, DeSoto, TX
Katherine Johnson Middle School, Fairfax VA
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