• Katherine Johnson was one of NASA’s early ‘human computers’ working on rocket trajectories.
  • She was a central character in the Oscar-nominated historical film Hidden Figures.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2015.

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked on NASA’s early space missions and was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures, has died at the age of 101.

She died on Monday of natural causes at a retirement community in Newport News, Virginia, family lawyer Donyale YH Reavis told the Associated Press.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the NASA family “will never forget Katherine Johnson’s courage and the milestones we could not have reached without her. Her story and her grace continue to inspire the world”.

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