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By Zaynab Latheef , age 8

  1. I was born on April 9, 1921, in Hampton, Virginia.
  2. I graduated from Hampton Institute with a dual degree in mathematics and physical science.
  3. I became a teacher and helped kids to build their own wind tunnels to conduct experiments.
  4. In 1951, I began to work at NACA, which later became NASA. 
  5. At NASA, I worked with other African American mathematicians doing mathematical computations, providing vital data to the U.S. space program.
  6. Later in my career, I worked with engineer Kazimierz Czarnecki and entered a training program to become an engineer at NASA.
  7. I became the first Black female to help conduct a supersonic pressure tunnel experiment to learn how wind speed affects rockets.
  8. Due to segregation, I had to get special permission to receive training to become the first Black female engineer at NASA.
  9. NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., is named after me.
  10.  I was an inspiration for the movie Hidden Figures released in 2017.
  11.  I left this world on February 11, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

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