BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) – Katherine Johnson has been chosen as one of six individuals to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2024. She will be posthumously honored next fall in Washington, D.C.
Johnson, who passed away on February 24, 2020, at the age of 101, is a Greenbrier County native whose mathematical calculations of orbital mechanics were pivotal for NASA and the United States’ first crewed spaceflights. Johnson began her 33 years in aerospace and aviation after working as a teacher. She later went on to be employed by NASA. Her work and genius in the field of mathematics garnered her the title of “Woman of the 20th Century.”
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