Katherine G. Johnson

Events

Katherine's Born Day

August 26, 1918

White Sulfur Springs

Graduated with highest honors

1937

Married James Francis Goble

1939

One of the first black students at West Virginia University

1939

Hired to be a human computer at Langley Research Center

1952

Hampton, Virginia

Husband died of cancer

December 1956

Remarried to Navy and Army officer, James A. Johnson

1959

Freedom 7

May 5, 1961

Katherine performed calculations for the historic Freedom 7. Alan Shepard first American in space.

Friendship 7

February 20, 1962

Katherine performed calculations for the historic Friendship 7. John Glenn the first American to orbit earth.

Apollo 11

1969

Katherine performed calculations for the historic Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was the first Americans to walk on the moon.

Retirement

1986

She retired from NASA in 1986.

NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award

1987

Mathematician of the year for National Technical Associations

1997

Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 2015

by Barack Obama

Margot Lee Shetterly's Movie "Hidden Figures"

September 2016

The story of Johnson and her fellow African American computers.

People's Magazine "25 Women Changing the World"

January 2017

Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility

September 22, 2017

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, would name its newest building after Katherine.