HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — NASA says Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked on NASA’s early space missions and was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. In a Monday morning tweet, the space agency said it celebrates her 101 years of life and her legacy […]
The 2016 motion picture Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae zeroed in on the lives of three dynamic Black women and their contribution to the Space Race. The real-life hidden figures, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, are not only linked by their time at NASA, but also the […]
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A NASA facility in West Virginia has been renamed in honor of a native of the state whose calculations helped put men on the moon 50 years ago. Katherine Johnson was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” and is now 100 years old. She did not attend Tuesday’s ceremony in Fairmont […]
The 87-year-old mathematician was among a small group of women who did computing for the U.S. military in the era before electronic systems.
NEW YORK (AP) — Retired NASA mathematician Katharine Johnson, who turned 100 last summer, has waited long enough to tell her own story. Johnson’s “Reaching for the Moon” is an autobiography for middle graders that will be published next fall, Atheneum Books for Young Readers announced Thursday. Johnson was one of the pioneering black women […]
The hit film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, highlighted three African-American women who were instrumental in propelling the U.S. space program forward. Arkansas native Raye Montague, who is the first person to design a U.S. Navy ship using a computer and a “hidden figure” herself, passed this week at the age of 83. Montague […]
NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re a fan of Hidden Figures and Margot Lee Shetterly’s story of three black female mathematicians’ contributions to the space program, you should thank in part the efforts of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “We made a grant to Margot Lee Shetterly when she was unknown,” said Doron Weber, a […]
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth, is being honored at her alma mater with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her name. West Virginia State University says a dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 25, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday. Long before the […]
If you were hoping and praying for a Hidden Figures show pray no more! National Geographic is working on adapting the 2016 film into a television show. Finally, the dream can continue! TV Line reports that the educational channel will tell the stories of the three amazing African-American women who played instrumental roles in the development of the NASA space program in […]
Famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” by Taraji P. Henson, joins 16 other women in getting the Barbie doll treatment to celebrate International Women’s Day. Mattel has announced the release of 17 new Barbie dolls — including 14 one-of-a-kind dolls that are styled after modern-day role models for its “Shero” […]
NASA's new research center is named for a Black woman who was the focus of the blockbuster Hollywood film "Hidden Figures."