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Katherine Johnson REMEMBERED: Dr. Shelly M. Jones talks NASA's "Human Computer" Legacy

CCSU (Central Connecticut State University) Professor, Dr. Shelly M. Jones reflects on the honor of featuring Katherine Johnson in her Best Selling Book, WOMEN WHO COUNT". "The legacy of this Iconic Black Mathematician Pioneer continues to inspire those that may feel hidden become Unhidden Figures" states Dr. Jones


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Katherine Johnson (born Creola Katherine Coleman; 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.[1] 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".[2]


In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she was presented the Silver Snoopy Award by NASA astronaut Leland D. Melvin and a NASA Group Achievement Award. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. In 2019, Johnson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. _ Wikipedia


Women Who Count book is published by American Mathematical Society (AMS) and available at Amazon and www.womenwhocount.net



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