Johnson, Katherine

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Name
Johnson, Katherine Gender: F
Coleman, Katherine
born on 26 August 1918
Place White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, 37n48, 80w18
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Documented source; untimed
Rodden Rating AX
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°35' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif or s_aricol.18.gif



Katherine Johnson

Biography

American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist".

Johnson's work included calculating trajectories, launch windows and emergency return paths for Project Mercury spaceflights, including those for astronauts Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American in orbit, and rendezvous paths for the Apollo Lunar Module and command module on flights to the Moon. Her calculations were also essential to the beginning of the Space Shuttle program, and she worked on plans for a mission to Mars. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2019, Johnson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.

Johnson died at a retirement home in Newport News, Virginia on 24 February 2020, at age 101.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Starkman quotes West Virginia birth records, no time.

Starkman rectified to 17.11.12 EWT Asc 11Cap37'

de Jabrun rectified to 10:00, Libra ascendant.


Categories

  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (101 yrs)
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Numbers
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Presidential Medal of Freedom)