The HistoryMakers video oral history with Katherine G. Johnson.

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Imprint:Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Description:1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 37 min., 29 sec.)) : sound, color.
Subject:Johnson, Katherine G. -- Interviews.
Johnson, Katherine G.
African Americans -- Interviews.
African Americans.
Internet videos.
Nonfiction films.
Oral histories.
Oral histories.
Internet videos.
Nonfiction films.
Format: E-Resource Video Streaming Video
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Varying Form of Title:History Makers video oral history with Katherine G. Johnson
Katherine G. Johnson
Other authors / contributors:Johnson, Katherine G., interviewee.
Crowe, Larry F., interviewer.
Hickey, Matthew, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
Sound characteristics:digital
Digital file characteristics:video file
Notes:Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Recorded Hampton, Virginia 2012 February 6.
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Summary:Mathematician and computer scientist Katherine G. Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. She attended West Virginia State College where she met Dr. W.W. Schieffelin Claytor who created a special course in analytic geometry for her continued education. Johnson earned her B.S. degree in French and mathematics in 1937. She then worked as a high school mathematics teacher until 1953 when she became a research mathematician for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Johnson worked in the Flight Research Division before moving to the Spacecraft Controls Branch. In 1961, she calculated the trajectory of Alan Shepard's Mercury Flight. In 1962, she verified the mathematics behind John Glenn's orbit, and in 1969, she calculated the trajectory for the Apollo 11 flight. Johnson received NASA's Lunar Spacecraft and Operation's Group Achievement Award and the NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement Award. Johnson retired from NASA in 1986.