- Katherine Johnson has died at the age of 101.
The mathematician, Katherine Johnson dies at the age of 101 as confirmed by NASA. She was the one to guide the way for NASA to put a man into space.
2. NASA tweets on Monday morning, February 24.
“We’re saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFiguresmathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honour her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers.”
3. NASA hired Johnson in 1953.
She calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, who was the first American in space before electronic computer systems came into use. John Glenn, who was the first American to orbit earth personally requested Katherine to re-check the calculations. As long as everything is right according to Johnson, he would go.
4. Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator led tributes to the late mathematician.
He described her as an American hero. Her pioneering legacy can never be forgotten. He further adds, “Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space. Even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of colour. Her dedication and skill as a mathematician helped put humans on the moon. And before that made it possible for our astronauts to take the first steps in space that we now follow on a journey to Mars.”
5. President Barack Obama honoured Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The nation’s most noteworthy honour, saying, “In her 33 years at NASA, broke the barriers of race and gender. She shows generations of young people that everyone can excel in math and science and reach for the stars.”