- 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.
Katherine Johnson quotes :
Go see 'Hidden Figures,' and take a young person! It will give a more positive outlook on what is possible if you work hard, do your best, and are prepared.Katherine Johnson