Katherine Johnson Rank
About Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson was a renowned mathematician and physicist from America known for her illustrious career with NASA. Her most notable role as an employee of NASA was successfully performing extremely complex mathematical calculations that helped the agency make successful spaceflights.
She is widely regarded as one of the very first African-American NASA scientists.
Throughout her distinguished career, she received several prestigious awards. For example, in 2015, then American President, Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (which is America's most important civilian award).
In 2016, she was also awarded NASA's Silver Snoopy Award.
She also received the coveted Congressional Gold Medal from the United States Congress in 2019.
She and James F. Goble got married in 1939. From this marriage (which ended with Goble's demise in 1956), she mothered three children. Her second and final marriage was to James Johnson in 1959. She and Johnson remained married for six decades until his demise in 2019.
Katherine passed away at the age of 101 in an old age home on the 24th of February, 2020. She left behind six grandchildren and a total of 11 great-grandchildren.
American actress Taraji P. Henson portrayed her in the 2016 biographical drama film "Hidden Figures".
Katherine Johnson Rank
Katherine Johnson's Popularity
Katherine Johnson was a famous American mathematician, who was born on August 26, 1918. As a person born on this date, Katherine Johnson is listed in our database as the 11th most popular celebrity for the day (August 26) and the 7th most popular for the year (1918).
People born on August 26 fall under the Zodiac sign of Virgo, the Virgin. Katherine Johnson is the 328th most popular Virgo.
Aside from information specific to Katherine Johnson's birthday, Katherine Johnson is the 2865th most famous American.
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