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8 Jun 2018

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson being honored in bronze

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June 8, 2018 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

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INSTITUTE, W.Va–Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth, is being honored at her alma mater with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her name.

West Virginia State University says a dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 25, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday.

Long before the digital era, Johnson worked as a human “computer’’ at the agency that became NASA, working in relative obscurity as an African-American woman.

Her contributions were later recognized in the “Hidden Figures’’ movie, where she was portrayed by the actress Taraji P. Henson.

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West Virginia State hopes to endow the scholarship at $100,000, awarding money to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, targeting people who are underrepresented in those fields.

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