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#Techspiration – Katherine Johnson

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Katherine Johnson

I felt most proud of the success of the Apollo mission. They were going to the moon and I computed the path to get there.

Katherine Johnson


Our latest #techspiration is Katherine Johnson, a pioneering NASA mathematician whose work in orbital mechanics was pivotal in the first American space projects. Her work included route planning for the first moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969.

Background

What makes her great?

Johnson was a pioneer and a huge inspirator of women and African-Americans in the workplace. She was quoted as saying “I asked questions; I wanted to know why. They got used to me asking questions and being the only woman there”.

Her determination and focus ensured that she was renowned as a mathematician worldwide and her work paved the way for safety and backup plans with space missions.

Why she’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas

Katherine Johnson is a massive inspiration for us because of her determination in breaking the boundaries with computer science. Her success at NASA proves that the brain is the most important aspect of an employee, and that intelligence holds no creed or gender.

Our favourite quote

You will do better if you cause other people to want to learn.

Katherine Johnson