Katherine Johnson: NASA Mathematician
by Leila Rasheed
illustrated by Sarah Papworth
Thoroughly engrossing account of the woman who pulled all the stops out to help the Americans' earliest ventures in to space! One of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist, Johnson's calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. A very full biography which is broken up with fantastic fact boxes covering all imaginable geeky space stats alongside key information on the wider historical context in which Johnson lived. Superb backnotes include a mini history of computing, further reading, a glossary, a wonderful playlist of songs to accompany each chapter (from Count Basie to Janelle Monáe's tribute to the 1st US female astronaut, 'Sally Ride') and timelines of Black American History, highlights in the history of aviation and Katherine Johnson's own life. 'I read this book straight off. It mixes the biography of Katherine Johnson with science, the space race, black history, women's rights in an effortless manner. Very informative, very readable. Most definitely a YES!' (Sylvia, Children's Social Work Director, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 9-14, Paperback 239pp
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