Katherine Johnson Biography

Decent Essays

August 26, 1918 Katherine Johnson entered the world in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Katherine loved math at an early age and helped her siblings who were years older than she with their homework was. Katherine counted everything like her dishes to the steps she took to get to church. Katherine started high school as a freshman at age of 10 and left at 14.She began college at 15 years old and took classes to become a mathematician. She graduated college at 18. (Mathematics and French) Married James Francis Goble and had 3 daughters Joylette, Katherine and Constance. Katherine became a teacher and taught for 7 years. At the age of 34 she heard NACA (NASA) was hiring women of color to solve math problems. She applied one year and didn't get the job and she applied the next year and got it. She later on …show more content…

Johnson has been honored with an array of awards for her groundbreaking work. Among them are the 1967 NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award, and the National Technical Association’s designation as its 1997 Mathematician of the Year. Additionally, she has earned honorary degrees from SUNY Farmingdale, Maryland's Capitol College, Virginia's Old Dominion University and West Virginia University.In November 2015, Johnson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. The following May, NASA opened the new $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley.In September 2016, the little-known story of Johnson and her fellow African-American computers was published in Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden

Get Access