‘Human computer’ dies at age 101 Nasa scientist once helped Moon landings2020.03.09
KATHERINE Johnson, one of the lead ‘human computers’ at Nasa in the 1960s, passed away on 24 Feburary, at the age of 101. Johnson and her team calculated many different equations before machine computers became widespread.
An African-American who grew up during the segregation years, Johnson worked for Nasa for 33 years. She helped in the Apollo project, which eventually put a human onto the moon. In fact, John Glenn, who in 1962 was the first person from the US to orbit Earth, refused to go until Johnson checked the maths.
In 2015, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour for US civilians.
(This article is published on Goodies on 9 March 2020)
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