Hardback A computer called Katherine : how Katherine Johnson helped put America on the moon / Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: London : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780316435178 (hbk.) :
The inspiring story of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (the subject of the hit movie 'Hidden Figures'). Katherine Johnson grew up during a time when women were not encouraged to excel in the fields of math and science, and when African-Americans were heavily discriminated against. But she was so good at math that she zoomed ahead of her elementary school classmates, attended a high school far away from home, and started college at age fourteen, taking difficult geometry classes taught just for her. She went on to become one of NASA's 'computers who wore skirts,' women who did calculations that helped the men engineers design flight plans and rockets. Katherine wasn't like other women. She asked lots and lots of questions, and she didn't stay out of design meetings that were previously just for men.
40 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm