Thanks to Andrew Ross, who wrote to say: “I just came across this notice from Upworthy via Facebook:”
Happy birthday, Katherine Johnson! You may know her as the incredible NASA scientist and physicist who guided the trajectory of Project Mercury *and* the 1969 Apollo moon landing. She turns 97 today.
UPDATE 11/20/15: Katherine Johnson will be one of 17 to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom when the awards are presented by President Barack Obama on Nov. 24, according to a White House news release.
Video of Johnson discussing her work.
UPDATE 4/12/16: Thank you to mathemagician Arthur Benjamin, who sent this link to a Daily Beast Article.