Joyner, Kitty O'Brien

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Joyner, Kitty O'Brien Gender: F
Kitty Wingfield O'Brien
born on 11 July 1916 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Charlottesville, Virginia, 38n02, 78w29
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 18°47' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°34 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 00°02'

Kitty O'Brien Joyner (analyzing the operation of a wind tunnel turbine at NACA Langley in 1952)


American electrical engineer with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and then with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) upon its replacement of NACA in 1958. She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Virginia's engineering program in 1939, receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award upon graduation. When she was hired by NACA the same year, she became the first woman engineer at the organization, eventually rising to the title Branch Head and managing several of its wind tunnels. Her work contributed to research on aeronautics, supersonic flight, airfoils, and aircraft design standards.

Kitty O'Brien married Upshur T. Joyner, a physicist who also worked at NACA/NASA, best known for his contributions at the NASA Langley Landing Loads Dynamics Facility. Together they had two children. Kitty O'Brien Joyner died on 16 August 1993 at the age of 77.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field