Obituaries

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Katherine Johnson, ‘hidden figure’ at NASA during 1960s space race, dies at 101

NASA mathematician and aeronautical engineer Dr. Christine Darden attends an event honoring NASA’s ‘Hidden Figures,’ African-American women mathematicians who helped the United States’ space program in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Johnson, a black woman from West Virginia, was hired at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1953 as part of the  Computer Pool, a group, mostly women, who worked as data processors before computers were invented. Johnson passed away Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2020; she was 101. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS) 1583232 1583232

Katherine Johnson was not the first black woman to work as a NASA mathematician, nor the first to write a research report for it, but she was eventually recognized as a pathbreaker for women and African Americans in the new field of spaceflight.

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