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History & Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

Dr. Duchess Harris, Macalester College

"Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA"

Presented with the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Grace Dodge Hall 179

Lecture, Discussion and Light Reception


Dozens of African American women worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s and almost no one knows about it. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Va., well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. Hidden Human Computers discusses how Black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth.

Space is Limited.

For more information about the Colloquium in History & Education series, please contact Nia Soumakis, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, or Alexa Rodriguez.

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

April 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

April 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

GDH 179


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