Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us

  • Mary W. Jackson (1921 - 2005) 

    Mary W. Jackson

    Mary W. Jackson was the first African American female engineer to work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  She began her career in 1951 in the segregated West Area Computing Unit as a mathematician, known as one of the human computers, for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which succeed NASA.  Her role became widely known in 2016 when Janelle Monáe portrayed her character in the movie Hidden Figures.  After working as an aerospace engineer for 20 year, she joined Langley’s Federal Women’s program in 1979 to address hiring and promotion of female mathematicians, engineers and scientists.    

  • February 27, 2021


  • Source:  NASA; Encyclopedia Britannica