Happy 100th Birthday To The “Human Computer” Ms. Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

Today we are all celebrating the birthday of Ms. Katherine Johnson who for many of us is the ultimate definition of #blackgirlmagic and Black Excellence. She calculated trajectories for the Apollo space missions by hand and attributes her mathematical abilities to her practice of counting.

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” So said Katherine Johnson, recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom.

When Katherine was asked about her longevity health she said via The Daily Press:
“I’m just lucky — the Lord likes me,” she says. Then, after a pause to reflect on that sentiment, she adds, “And I like him.”

The former “human computer” at NASA Langley Research Center — whose intricate, done-by-hand calculations sent men into space and brought them back safely — turns 100 on Sunday. She plans to mark that milestone with a trip to West Virginia State University, where her alma mater will unveil a statue of her likeness and endow a scholarship in her name. School president Anthony Jenkins calls her “someone who changed America.”

“She’s the only person I know who says she enjoyed every single day of her career at work — and she truly means it,” – “She brought intellectual talent to her job but she also brought something more: an avid sense of curiosity about the world, and an openness to other people. She brings that to the rest of her life as well. We can all take a lesson from how Ms. Katherine Johnson has lived her life.”

Katherine was played by Taraji P. Henson in the movie Hidden Figures:

Happy Birthday Ms. Johnson!


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