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Katherine G. Johnson
Transcript of Katherine G. Johnson
Major events that happened during Katherine's lifetime were...
In 1929,the Great Depression begins.
The U.S get's it's national anthem in 1931.
In 1939,World War two begins.
Martin Luther King gives his "I have a dream" speech in 1963.
In 1963,John F. Kennedy gets assasinated.
In 1969,Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon.
She was referred as virtual "computer who wore skirts"
She retired in 1986 after 33 years of service for NASA
While Neil Armstrong was stepping on the moon,Katherine was attending a sorority convention in Pennsylvania in 1969 and had to see it on television.
Now, Katherine spends her time giving speeches of her career to the youngest people.
Right now she is 87 years old and is with her 2ND husband and their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
"Katherine believed that she inherited her gift for math from her father... he could look at a tree and say how many boards could come out of it."
She was interested in astronomy as a child when she walked with the school principle and he pointed at the stars in the sky.
She helped to develop space navigation systems to help the astronauts on their trip.
She created navigation charts for back-up in case of technology failures.
She worked making calculations to drive spaces capsules into orbits around the moon.
Katherine G. Johnson
She was so intelligent that she skipped kindergarden,1st grade and 5th grade.
Katherine graduated high school at the age of 14 because she entered high school at the age of 10.
Katherine was the only child that attended a special course for advance math with analytic geometry made by Schiefflin Claytor.
She got a B.S degree for math and french.
*How was it related to others?*
Katherine was preseverance to pursue her dreams to overcome race and gender discrimination.
She was one of the first black to enroll in the graduate program.
Her husband got cancer, and she had to quit advance school and go back to teaching to support her family.
She accomplished her personal and professional achievements.
*Contribution to the world*
Her first job was as a teacher at elementary Schools in Virginia and West Virginia.
In 1953,she was a research mathematician at the Langley Research Center with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).Now NACA is known as NASA.
"Luck is a combination of preparation and opportunity.If you're prepared and the opportunity comes up,it's good fortune to have been in the right place at the right time and to have been prepared for the job."
This quote to me means, that you are the owner of your future, so you have to study hard and take advantage of all the opportunities the world brings you.
Katherine calculated trajectories and orbits for the first flight to the moon in 1969. Her job was related with the astronauts job.
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THANKS FOR WATCHING!
*Does anyone want to be as smart as Katherine Johnson in math and have a great career like her?*
Katherine was born on August 26,1918.
She went to West Virginia high school and graduated at the age of 14.
*What was she honored for?*
Katherine was honored from NASA and given the Group Achievement Award.
Katherine also was honored by the Doctor Of Laws from SUNY Farmingdale in 1998.
On May 2006,Katherine was honored with an award for Doctor of Science.
*What effect did it have on society?*
She is part of our history because she made the U.S dream come true, which was to get the first man on the moom.
She made better calculations from the earth to the moon,so NASA could know how many days a flight would take to the moon.