The Life of Katherine Johnson

Events

Katherine G. Johnson was born in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia.

Approx. August 26, 1918

Katherine finishes eighth grade at age 10

1928

Katherine graduates college at 18

1936

Katherine marries James Francis Goble

1939

Katherine accepts a job as a computer for NASA

1953

Katherine's husband dies of a brain tumor

1956

Katherine gets assigned the first man space mission

1958

Katherine remarries a man named James A. Johnson

1959

Alan Sheppard makes the first journey to space

1962

Katherine wins the NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award

1967

Apollo 13 makes it to the moon

1969

Katherine calculates for this trip too

Katherine retires from NASA

1986

Barak Obama presents Katherine with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

2015

New NASA research building is named after 99 year-old Johnson

2017