Dorothy Vaughan Storyboard

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This is a story about Dorothy Vaughan's life.

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  • Be careful with those sweetie!
  • I want to be a scientist and mathematician!
  • Now I have to walk all the way to the other side of the building!
  • WHITE ONLY
  • I have to go!!!
  • Hope my first day goes well.
  • Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory
  • Dorothy Vaughan was born on September 20, 1910 and was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • This will take a while.
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  • Dorothy Vaughan worked at the segregated "West Area Computing" unit at NACA (soon to be NASA), an all black group of female mathematicians who were required to use separate dining rooms and bathrooms.
  • So much better than pencil and paper!
  • Welcome to NASA's computing division!
  • She came to the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Labrotory in 1943 during World War 2 to work at what she believed would be a temporary war job.
  • Here lies Dorothy Vaughan 1910-1971
  • In 1949, she was promoted to lead the "West Area Computing " unit and worked there for nearly a decade in her life.
  • In 1958 when NACA turned into NASA, several segregated units were abolished. Dorothy Vaughan then decided to work at the new analysis and computation division, where they do electronic computing. She became an expert FORTRAN programmer and contributed to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program.
  • Dorothy Vaughan retired from NASA in 1971. Overall, she made huge contributions to space and mathematical research. She died on December 10, 2008.
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