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Katherine Johnson

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Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician | Biography

 

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Katherine Johnson: An American Hero

 

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Who is Katherine Johnson? Watch our Black History Biography on a NASA Mathematician | Educational

 

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Katherine Johnson

 

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Loss of a beautiful mind: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Katherine Johnson, 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".
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