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Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

Tonight, count the stars and remember a trailblazer. 

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

We’re saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. She passed away at 101 years old. 

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

An America hero, Johnson’s legacy of excellence broke down racial and social barriers while helping get our space agency off the ground.

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

Once a “human computer”, she famously calculated the flight trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

And when we began to use electronic computers for calculations, astronaut John Glenn said that he’d trust the computers only after Johnson personally checked the math.

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

As a girl, Katherine Johnson counted everything. As a mathematician, her calculations proved critical to our early successes in space travel.

Mathematician. Leader. Heroine. Remembering Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

With slide rules and pencils, Katherine Johnson’s brilliant mind helped launch our nation into space.

No longer a Hidden Figure, her bravery and commitment to excellence leaves an eternal legacy for us all.

“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.” – Katherine Johnson 1918 -2020 

May she rest in peace, and may her powerful legacy inspire generations to come! What does Katherine Johnson’s legacy mean to you? Share in the comments. 

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