"Katherine Johnson at NASA in 1966" by NASA / Public Domain

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dies at 101

Feb 24, 2020

By Elisha Fieldstadt

Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. She was 101.

Johnson “was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter.

Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film about trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was integral during the Space Race.

The film also stars Octavia Spencer as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as engineer Mary Jackson.

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