To celebrate the life and achievements of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, the Greenbrier Historical Society will be hosting a weekend of community activities aimed at recognizing her life and legacy and inspiring the next generation of scientists and thinkers. These events will take place at the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs the weekend of August 26th, which would be her 104th birthday and West Virginia’s designated Katherine Johnson Day.
Born in White Sulphur Springs, Katherine Coleman Johnson was one of the first Black female engineers at NASA and her pioneering work on John Glenn’s orbital mission in 1962 consolidated her reputation as an outstanding mathematician. Her life and story has earned her countless awards and recognitions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, and has inspired works such as the book & movie Hidden Figures.
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