Katherine Johnson of NASA

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.

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Katherine Johnson of NASA

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Katherine Johnson of NASA