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Mathematician Mary Jackson

at Langley Research Centre in Hampton, Virginia, 1977.

 

Photograph: Bob Nye/Nasa/Getty Images

 

Hidden figures: the history of Nasa’s black female scientists

The diversity of Nasa’s workforce in 1940s Virginia

is uncovered in a new book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

She recalls how a visit to her home town led to a revelation

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Tue 7 Feb 2017    15.13 GMT

First published on Sun 5 Feb 2017    10.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/05/
hidden-figures-black-female-scientists-african-americans-margot-lee-shetterly-space-race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Jackson (née Winston)    1921-2005

 

the agency's

first African American female engineer

and a driving force

behind getting U.S. astronauts

into space.

 

(...)

 

Jackson was recruited in 1951

by the National Advisory

Committee for Aeronautics,

the agency succeeded by NASA

in 1958.

 

She started out

as a research mathematician,

working in the segregated

West Area Computing Unit

of the agency's

Langley Research Center

in Hampton, Va.

 

Jackson eventually enrolled

in a training program

that would allow her

to be promoted to engineer,

obtaining special permission

to attend classes

since they were held

at a then-segregated high school.

 

She became NASA's

first Black female engineer

in 1958.

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/25/
883730816/nasa-names-headquarters-after-mary-jackson-its-first-black-female-engineer

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/25/
883730816/nasa-names-headquarters-after-mary-jackson-its-first-black-female-engineer

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/05/
hidden-figures-black-female-scientists-african-americans-margot-lee-shetterly-space-race

 

https://www.npr.org/2016/12/16/
505569187/hidden-figures-no-more-meet-the-black-women-who-helped-send-america-to-space

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/11/
black-women-mathematicians-nasa-john-glenn-space-race

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/14/
nasa-black-women-hidden-figures-margot-lee-shetterly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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