Dorothy Vaughan

Dorothy Vaughan

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  • Dorothy Vaughan was born on September 20, 1910 in Kansas City, MO. Her parents were Annie Johnson and Leonard Johnson.
  • At age seven, her parents, Leonard and Anne Johnson, moved the family to Morgantown, West Virginia. Dorothy graduated from Beechurst High School in 1925.
  • Beechurst High School
  • Leaving her job teaching math at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, she began working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943, thinking it would be a temporary job.
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  • Dorothy Vaughan was assigned to the West Are Computing unit, where only all-black women worked as mathematicians. She was the supervisor for the group, and worked with Mary Jackson.
  • Dorothy and other workers from her previous facility transitioned into working for the new Analysis and Computation Division. She became a FORTRAN programming expert, and helped contribute to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program. In 1971, Dorothy retired from NASA and her works there. Married to Howard Vaughan, they had four kids.
  • Sadly, she passed away on November 10, 2008 at age 98 due to natural causes. Although she is no longer alive, her legacy lives on.
  • Dorothy Vaughan September 20, 1910- November 10, 2008
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