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Published April 15th 2017
Learning from true inspirations
Based on true stories, Hidden Figures presents the untapped talent of a team of African-American women mathematicians and human computers who worked for NASA during the early years of putting man in space.
Dorothy Vaughan was the first African-American woman to supervise a staff at the Langley Research Centre. She supervised the West Area Computers and played a crucial role in the preparation for the introduction of machine computers. She taught herself and her staff the programming language Fortran.
Mary Jackson was the first African-American woman engineer at NASA. After petitioning, she was finally allowed to attend advanced engineering classes at an all-white school.
Katherine Johnson was known for accuracy in celestial navigation. She calculated trajectories, launch windows, navigational charts, etc. When machine computers were used for the first time, she was specifically called on to verify their calculations of astronaut John Glenn's orbit around earth.
These three women are true inspirations for us all today. They have not given up crossing the gender, race and career barriers in their lives. Much could be learned from them.
(image from Event Marion)
Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi. It stars Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. Its runtime is 127 minutes. I would rate it a ten out of ten.