‘Human Computer’ Katherine Johnson Dies At 101

  • AUTHOR: fiona
  • POSTED ON: February 25, 2020

The inspiration behind the movie Hidden Figures is no more. 

Source: The Bangkok post 

Her calculations were a stroke of genius as they essayed the key role in sending the first Americans to space and back. The NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, has died at the age of 101.

It would be considered exceptionally rude to forget about the path-breaking discoveries this brilliant woman made. However, to be precise, she finished the trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s 1961 suborbital flight. In fact, her work contributed significantly to Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. It’s truly unfortunate that it took the world decades to even acknowledge the work done by this incredible personality. Her early work posed serious worth in space exploration.

“Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color. Her dedication and skill as a mathematician helped put humans on the Moon and before that made it possible for our astronauts to take the first steps in space that we now follow on a journey to Mars”-NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in his official statement. 

Updated February 25, 2020
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