Katherine Johnson, one of the real-life women who inspired the movie Hidden Figures, was a mathematician who made monumental contributions to space travel at a time when opportunities for black women were rare.
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Katherine Johnson, Human Computer
Without Katherine Johnson, it would have taken NASA much longer to put a man on the moon.
Katherine Johnson Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Explore the achievements that led this mathematician to earn the nation's highest civilian honor.
Written by Curiosity Staff December 13, 2016
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