A hero that lived under dark shadows.
Katherine Johnson(born in White Sulphur Springs,West Virginia,United States on the 26th August 1918) had a vital role at NASA: she helped put an astronaut into space,thanks to her sharp calculations.
Achievements and life:
As Katherine was an african-american,life was difficult.She was one of the three black students to enter West Virginia's graduate school.Her intense curiosity and brilliance with numbers vaulted her ahead seven grades in school.At 13,she attended West Virginia State College.By 18,she was enrolled in the college and found maths professor W. W. Schieffelin Claytor(the third African American to earn a PhD in mathematics).During 1937,she took a job teaching at a black public school in Virginia.During 1939,West Virginia's state president,Dr John W.Davis,selected Johnson and two other men for spots in West Virginia University.However,she decided to leave school and start a family with her first husband,James Goble, and returned when her three daughters got older.
Enrolled in NASA:
During 1952,a relative told Katherine about open positions in NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.Katherine and James decided to move the family to Newport News.Two weeks later,her temporary position in NACA became permanent.She spent the next four years analyzing data and worked on an investigation.As she was wrapping up this work,sadly,her husband died of cancer in 1956.In 1957,she provided some of the math for the launch of the Soviet Satellite Sputnik.She also did the trajectory analysis for Alan Sheperd's