IT’S POSSIBLE TO MAKE a lot of money so quickly that you don’t realise the import and scale of what you’ve accomplished. Because of this it’s possible to lose it quickly, too. That’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing enough to make it difficult to admit what’s happened, even to yourself.
KATHERINE JOHNSON is a heroine of the American space program. Her work as a NASA computer (mathematician) influenced major US space shots from Mercury through the Space Shuttle. Notably, she personally calculated the trajectories for the historic flights of Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Apollo 11. Her intellect and determination provided her with the means to rise above the prejudice and discrimination of the age into which she was born.