Katherine Johnson, Famous Fed, was featured in the 2016 Movie "Hidden Figures"
Being that the month of February is black history month, we’re observing the occasions by highlighting one of the more famous African-American Federal employees, Katherine Johnson.
Featured in the 2016 non-fiction book Hidden Figures that became an Oscar-nominated film that same year, Katherine Johnson worked for NASA from 1953 to 1986. She and two other African-American women were vital in solving calculations for the first moon landing. The three were known among colleagues as ‘human computers.’
The physicist and mathematician received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama in 2015, played a crucial role in the safe return of the Apollo 13 astronauts, and had a satellite named after her that launched into orbit on November 6, 2020.
Katherine Johnson passed away on February 24, 2020, at 101 years old.
Until Next Time,
**Written by Benjamin Derge, Financial Planner. The information has been obtained from sources considered reliable but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Benjamin Derge and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. Links are being provided for information purposes only. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize, or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors.