Hidden Figure: Katherine Johnson

Wendy Sierra

UA maker

February 14,2017

Advisory- Ben

Early life:

Katherine Johnson was born August 26,1918  and died at the age 98 years old. She went to school in B.S.Mathematics and French,West Virginia State University by thirteen, she was attending the high school on the campus of historically black West Virginia State College. Katherine graduated with highest honors in 1937 and took a job teaching at a black public school in Virginia. She had 3 kids there names are Constance Goble, Joylette Goble, and Katherine Goble.

Accomplishment and the way katherine Johnson changed the world:

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is an African American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States, before she went to Nasa she first started as space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she conducted technical work at NASA that spanned decades. During this time, Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury, including the early NASA missions. John Glenn and Alan Shepard, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon and through the Space Shuttle program. Katherine Johnson’s calculations were critical to the success of these missions. Johnson also did calculations for plans for a mission to Mars. Katherine Johnson was hired by Nasa in June 1953 she retired from Nasa in 1986.Something that Katherine Johnson  also accomplished was getting respect everyone thought she wasn’t capable of doing things because she was black she had to do as much as she can just for people to know that she could also do things and that the skin color doesn’t matter.


Some positive and negative people in katherine johnson’s life:

Katherine Johnson had many people believe in her but at the same she also have people that didn’t really believe in her. One of Katherine Johnson’s positive people that she had in her life was her three kids they made her want to work harder so her kids could get the respect that she wants them to have.Another positive person Katherine johnson’s life was her husband because everyday they both wanted to make a difference in their life for their self and for people around them. Katerine also had some negative people in her life one of them was her code worker he treated katherine was if she didn’t know anything about what she was doing he also told her what to do and he never believed in her because of her skin color.




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