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People Who Died in History
- Erik Belfrage, 74, Swedish diplomat and banking executive, COVID-19.
- Virender Lal Chopra, 83, Indian geneticist and agronomist, director-general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (1992–1994).
- Mitch Cronin, 27, Australian rugby league player (Wynnum Manly), drowned.
- Amparo Dávila, 92, Mexican writer.
- Rezo Esadze [ru], 86, Georgian film director (Love at First Sight), actor (Nine Days in One Year, Wolfhound), and screenwriter.
- Lennart Jirlow [sv], 83, Swedish painter and scenographer.
- Aleksandr Kabakov [ru], 76, Russian journalist, writer and screenwriter (The Man Who Doesn’t Return).
- Bob Lazier, 81, American racing driver (CART), COVID-19.
- Iris Love, 87, American archaeologist and the dog breeder. (death announced on this date)
- Paul H. O’Neill, 84, American politician, Secretary of the Treasury (2001–2002), lung cancer.
- Sebastián Pereira, 48, Argentine businessman, CEO of Flybondi.
- Tariq Pervez, 71, Pakistani civil servant, Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (2005–2008).
- Claude Silberzahn, 85, French civil servant, mayor of Simorre (2001–2014).
- Lucien Szpiro, 78, French mathematician (Szpiro’s conjecture), heart failure.
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SPACECRAFT NAMED IN HONOR OF BLACK WOMAN ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ MATHEMATICIAN
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson is one of the nation’s hidden figures. She made history as one of the first Black women to work as a NASA scientist.
In 1961, Johnson calculations put the first U.S. astronaut in space, Alan B. Shepard. For over 30 years, she used her math capabilities to transform the possibilities of space travel.
On February 20th, a space station supply ship named after Katherine Johnson launched to the International Space Station, celebrating the 59th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic orbit around the Earth. Johnson played a crucial role in verifying the mathematics needed to make the launch possible.
“It’s our tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who’s played a pivotal role in human spaceflight, and Mrs. Johnson was selected for her hand-written calculations that helped launch the first Americans into space, as well as her accomplishments in breaking glass ceiling after glass ceiling as a Black woman,” said Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager at Northrop Grumman said on February 19th, according to Space.com.
Northrop Grumman named the NG-15 Cynus spacecraft, the S.S. Katherine Johnson, in celebration of Black History Month.
The Making of a ‘Hidden Figures’ Mathematician
Johnson was born on August 26, 1918, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Her incredible math skills were evident as a young child, allowing her to take an accelerated path in her academic studies. She enrolled in college at an early age, took every math course available, and received mentorship from multiple professors. According to NASA, Johnson was mentored by the third Black person to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, professor W. W. Schieffelin Claytor.
In 1937, she graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and French. She was only 18-years-old. After graduation, she followed in her mentor’s footsteps as a teacher. Johnson landed a job teaching at a Black public school in Virginia. Then, she became the first Black woman to attend graduate school at West Virginia University in Morgantown.