Barrier-breaking NASA mathematician and physicist. Inspiration for millions of young women.
Katherine Johnson is a physicist, mathematician, and pioneer of American space travel. Her accuracy in computerized celestial navigation and inspiring leadership at NASA spanned decades and numerous space missions, from the space shuttle program in the '60s all the way to NASA's current Mission to Mars.
As the first Africa American woman to desegregate the graduate school at West Virginia University, as well as the only female selected, she continues to be an inspiration to young African American girls today.