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Transcript of Katherine Johnson
Katherine Personal life
In 1939, she married James Francis Goble and started a family. The Gobles had three daughters: Constance, Joylette, and Katherine. In 1956, James Goble died of an inoperable brain tumor. In 1959, she married Lt. Colonel James A. Johnson. She sang in the choir of Carver Presbyterian Church for fifty years.
Johnson and her husband live in Hampton, Virginia, and enjoy spending time with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ms. Johnson still plays piano, bridge, and solves puzzles.
Johnson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
an African-American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America's aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she calculated the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.
2010, Honorary Doctorate of Science from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
2006, Honorary Doctor of Science by the Capitol College, Laurel, Maryland
1999, West Virginia State College Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
1998, Honorary Doctor of Laws, from SUNY Farmingdale
1986, NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement award
1985, NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement award
1984, NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement award
1980, NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement award
1971, NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement award
1967, Apollo Group Achievement Award – this award included one of only 300 flags flown to the moon on board the Apollo 11
1967, NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award – for pioneering work in the field of navigation problems supporting the five spacecraft that orbited and mapped the moon in preparation for the Apollo program
In total, Johnson co-authored 26 scientific papers, of which only one could be found in 2005.(NASA maintains a listing of Johnson's most significant articles with links to its archival search tool to find others.) The practice in 1960 would have been not to list the female contributors as formal co-authors, so that she was listed as an author in a peer-reviewed NASA report is significant:
NASA TND-233, “The Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite over a Selected Earth Position” 1960. Authors: T.H. Skopinski, Katherine G. Johnson
Katherine Johnson was born August 26, 1918. Her parents is Joylette and Joshua Coleman. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a farmer and janitor. where they was living Katherine and her siblings could not attend school so they move 125 miles away from home. And katherine attended West Virginia State High School and graduated from high school at age fourteen.
1932 - West Virginia State High School
1937 - West Virginia State University (was West Virginia State College), BS in Mathematics and French, summa cum laude
1940 - West Virginia University graduate program in mathematics