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Aug 26, 1918

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs


Katherine Johnson graduated from West Virginia State College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French

Other events that happened on or around 1937


Katherine Johnson married James Francis Goble

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Katherine Johnson began working with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as a “computer” doing complex analysis and calculations

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Katherine Johnson's first husband died of a brain tumor

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Katherine Johnson married Lt. Colonel James A. Johnson

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May 05, 1961

Katherine Johnson's work was crucial in calculating the trajectory for Alan Shepard’s historic suborbital flight

Feb 20, 1962

For John Glenn’s orbit around the Earth, Katherine Johnson verified calculations made for the first time by electronic computers


Katherine Johnson calculated the Apollo 11 trajectory to the Moon


Katherine Johnson retired from NASA

Other events that happened on or around 1986

Nov 24, 2015

Katherine Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for her accomplishments in the field of mathematics and science

May 05, 2016

NASA dedicated the 40,000 square foot Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility

Dec 25, 2016

The film Hidden Figures, based on accounts of Johnson and three other African-American women at NASA, was released to theaters.

Aug 25, 2018

West Virginia State University unveiled a statue of Katherine Johnson on campus and dedicated a scholarship in her honor

Feb 24, 2020

Katherine Johnson died in Hampton, Virginia at age 101.

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