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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

By Margalit Fox for The New York Times Feb. 24, 2020 They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them.   Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement […]

By Margalit Fox for The New York Times Feb. 24, 2020 They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement home in Newport News, Va., calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and…

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