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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Doctor Katherine G. Johnson Oscar Night 2017

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This is a podcast script we wrote around this time last year. We will try to upload the podcast too. We are so happy "Hidden Figures" is doing so incredibly well and nominated for Oscar.  Dr. Johnson deserves all this attention. At 98 she is still extraordinary woman.


TAG: Welcome to the maiden voyage of The Women’s Mercury, who always

ask the question, “What did women do in the olden days and why don’t we know about it?”

Our first story is ready for take-off. Danielle last name, take it away…

Audio : Rocket blasting into space


In mid- twentieth century America, what course could a female mathematical genius chart for her career? Math teacher.  But in 1953 Dr. Katherine G Johnson left teaching to begin a career in Aeronautics at NACA later known as NASA. Dr. Johnson joined the pool of female mathematical calculators who performed the task of “a human computer” or Johnson’s loving term, computers in skirts.

In 1958, Johnson was asked to join a team of aeronautical engineers to calculate trajectories for space travel.  Dr. Katherine Johnson never returned to the math pool of skirts. From Project Mercury to Apollo 11 first moon landing to the Space Shuttle, Dr. Katherine Johnson was there and known for her accuracy in computerized celestial navigation.

It was Dr. Johnson’s back up plan the Apollo 13 crew used to return safely home from space.

In 2015, for her contributions to space exploration, President Barack

Obama presented Dr. Johnson, now 98, with America’s

highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To learn more about the brilliant physicist, space scientist Dr. Katherine G. Johnson and other

extraordinary women in history, visit us at

womensmercury.com   This is Danielle last name

BRIDGET:  And Bridget Gethins, Keri Wormald, thanking you, WCVE, Manchester-Group and Dr. Johnson for shooting for the stars. OR

BRIDGET: And Bridget Gethins KERI: Keri Wormald

BRIDGET: Thanking you, WCVE, Manchester-Group, and Dr. Johnson for shooting for the stars.

Join us next time when we learn Lady Lovelace is not a clothing line but one of the first computer scientist.

1 comment:

  1. It was brilliant to see Dr. Johnson during the Oscars for the presentation of the film about her and her NASA colleagues, "Hidden Figures" All of our female scientist should have that kind of recognition!


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