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  • Name: Katherine Johnson
  • Born: 08/26/1918
  • Died: 02/24/2020 (101 years old)
  • Occupation: Mathematician
  • Known for: Calculating trajectories for NASA missions

Katherine Johnson (August 26, 1918 – February 24, 2020) was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her “historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist”.

Birth Name: Creola Katherine Coleman

Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom, Silver Snoopy award, NASA Group Achievement Award, Congressional Gold Medal

School: West Virginia State College

Alias: Creola Katherine Coleman

Birth Place: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.

Death Place: Newport News, Virginia, U.S.

Source: Wikipedia

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