Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

( August 26,1918 - )

You may have heard about the movie Hidden Figures, the movie only told half about Katherine Johnson. I'm going to tell all of it.

Early Childhood

Katherine Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 to Joshua and Joylette Coleman. She was born in West Virginia . She was the youngest of four children. Her father had many jobs, he was a lumberman to working at a hotel. As for her mother she was a former teacher, so money was very tight. The two parents started to see sometime in their daughter, she loved to do math. By the time she was 10 years old she was in high school. She graduated high school at the age of 14. Johnson went to ...

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was her passion. Although it was hard for African-American woman to do anything. The first few jobs she found was for teaching. Then she found that (NACA) was hiring mathematicians. (It was superseded by the agency NASA in 1958). NACA hired African-American women to be mathematicians as well as for white women too. Johnson was offered a job in 1953. She accepted became part of the early NASA team. At first she work in a bowl full of women performing all the math they could. Most of the women there wore skirts and glasses to show their smartness. Their main job was to read files and do the math skills. Katherine was assigned to help all-male flight research team. Katherine's knowledge help put a man into space. From 1953 to 1958 she worked as "the computer". The West Area Computers section supervised by the wonderful mathematician Dorothy Vaughan. Johnson was resigned to Guidance and Control Division of Langley's Flight Research Division. All Katherine could see was a room full ...

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