Hidden Figures: NASA’s African-American Computers — Margot Lee Shetterly: Research. Write. Repeat.


You’ve heard the names John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. What about Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith or Barbara Holley? Most Americans have no idea that from the 1940s through the 1960s, a cadre of African-American women formed part of the country’s space work force, or that this group—mathematical ground troops in the Cold War—helped provide NASA with the raw computing power it needed to dominate the heavens.

 

Source: Hidden Figures: NASA’s African-American Computers — Margot Lee Shetterly: Research. Write. Repeat.

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