Katherine Johnson
#8285 Overall Influence

Katherine Johnson

American mathematician


Why is this person notable and influential?

Creola Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her “historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist”.

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West Virginia State University
West Virginia State University

Public, historically black, land-grant university in Institute, West Virginia

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West Virginia University
West Virginia University

Public university in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#195 World Rank #115 USA Rank
Computer Science
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#1211 World Rank #466 USA Rank
#3680 World Rank #1086 USA Rank