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WVU Campus Read: Hidden Figures

NASA Resources

NASA Langley's Hidden Figures page : "From Hidden to Modern Figures" includes images and videos about the three famous human "computers."  Some quotes from the biographies:

When West Virginia decided to quietly integrate its graduate schools in 1939, West Virginia State’s president Dr. John W. Davis selected Katherine and two male students as the first black students to be offered spots at the state’s flagship school, West Virginia University.

Trainees had to take graduate level math and physics in after-work courses managed by the University of Virginia. Because the classes were held at then-segregated Hampton High School, however, Mary needed special permission from the City of Hampton to join her white peers in the classroom. Never one to flinch in the face of a challenge, Mary completed the courses, earned the promotion, and in 1958 became NASA’s first black female engineer

The technical papers written by the women of Hidden Figures are on the NASA Technical Server:

Katherine Johnson's  and her NASA page

Additional papers by Katherine Johnson available for interlibrary loan borrowing:

Mary Jackson's technical papers 

NASA's biography of Mary Jackson, April 1976

Another biography of Mary Jackson, October 1979

Dorothy Vaughan authored a handbook for algebraic methods for calculating machines and was the first African-American supervisor at NASA Langley.  

Dorothy Vaughan's NASA biography

PHOTO: Mary Jackson at NASA Langley:

Books: Hidden Figures Tehchnical Topics

Marian Armour-Gemmen compiled a list of books on the topics covered in Hidden Figures including boundary layers, turbulence, mathematical modeling, and flow.