Katherine Johnson, a pioneering NASA mathematician whose work inspired the film 'Hidden Figures,' died this week. Johnson was part of NASA's 'Computer Pool,' a group of mathematicians whose data powered NASA's first successful space missions. She was 101.
CNN News, delivered. Select from our newsletters below and enter your email to subscribe.(CNN)Katherine Johnson, a pioneering NASA mathematician whose work inspired the film"Hidden Figures," died this week. She was 101. NASA announced Johnson's death on Monday. Johnson was part of NASA's"Computer Pool," a group of mathematicians whose data powered NASA's first successful space missions. The group's success largely hinged on the accomplishments of its black women members. The NASA women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' will get Congressional gold medalsHer work went largely unrecognized until the release of 2017's"Hidden Figures," a film portrayal of Johnson's accomplishments while the space agency was still largely segregated. By the time Johnson retired from NASA in 1986, she'd mapped the moon's surface ahead of the 1969 landing and helped astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 safely land back on Earth. Read MoreIn 2015, President Barack Obama honored Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her integral work in American space travel. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine called Johnson an"American hero." "Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space," he said in a statement."At NASA we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her." This is a developing story and will be updated. Read more: CNN
Sleep well Rip Such a diva n a hero.. roll model at its peak May your soul rest in perfect peace Dems won't release money to fight the May her precious soul rest in eternal Paradise PaulieEsther1 rest in peace 💫 I don’t recall learning about this brilliant woman in school. Another reason while I hate the ‘establishment’
All the women were inspiration to me I excelled in science and loved it so much may you rest in peace my sister Looks like post title was better than the CNN app title. I love the sensitivity that CNN app displays for those who pass. They couldn't kindly say 'has died' like this post, but they state 'IS DEAD'🤦🏽♂️ I'd hate to be a friend/family & read this statement! Cmon SMH
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures,' dead at 101Johnson 'was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,' NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. That was an incredible age for an incredible woman. May she rest truly in peace. She leaves a nation divided Morning_Joe May she Rest In Peace
God bless R.I.P. RIP. Thank you for all you contributed KatherineJohnson knowhername Feminism An inspirational lady. Thank you Katherine What a long, blessed life. And without the movie, I wouldn’t have known about this amazing figure in history! I would love to hear/read/see more inspiring stories like hers and less of the evil in the world. KatherineJohnson NASA hero
I watched that movie three times in less than 24 hours God rest her soul 🙏😥 Really! Wowsers,101!! Not only did this woman watch history happen, she helped make it! RIP Brave woman,we couldn't have done it without you!
Real-Life 'Hidden Figures' Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dead at 101Katherine Johnson, the real-life 'Hidden Figures' mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson, has died at 101. rip🙏🏾🙏🏾 🙏🏾 Legend who won’t be forgotten
If you can get it... her story should be taught to EVERY child in school, yearly... She was doing a computers job 60 years ago... very sad indeed we should all aim for half of her value, at least! Amazing woman with an amazing story. RIP 1+4=68854235689097543346788665433577 to the power of fuck all 👍
LeilaniMunter What an incredible woman and life! 💖 For a moment I tought Ayn Rand has died. That would make her what, 150? RIP..Thanks for the historical inspiration. Thanks Katherine SuniDey 💙💙 A buonanima
Pioneering NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Has DiedNASA says Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked on NASA’s early space missions and was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. 🙏🏿♥️🌹👊🏾 101 years. That is a hell of a run. May she Rest In Peace. RIP💕
lookner May Katherine Johnson rest in peace. Another GREAT African American most children in school will never know about. SuniDey she lived such a fulfilling life. may she rest in peace. 🙏🏻😢🙏🏻😢🙏🏻 RIP We are grateful to your great contribution RIP She was one of a group of black mathematicians in NASA.
Mathematician broke barriers at NASA. Katherine Johnson dies at 101. Sometimes, gets it right!
Katherine Johnson, mathematician and real-life subject of 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, died Monday morning at the age of 101, according to NASA. The pivotal roles of Johnson and other African American women at NASA were highlighted in the 2016 film 'Hidden RIP
Just more proof that we never went to the moon. Damn, she went for the long run. Thankfully she changed the world and had the opportunity to watch it. Rest in peace clever lady, your legacy lives on Peace be with you Katherine. You are an inspiration to so many. Interesting to read interviews with her about her time at NASA. Contrary to what the film 'Hidden Figures' portrayed, she said she was treated nicely by her co-workers.
Thank you Katherine. Chief Space Cadet🚀 RIP 🙏🏾RIP Watched Hidden Figures again the other night. What amazing women. So, from a fellow WV'n, RIP Katherine. 💔
Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Portrayed in 'Hidden Figures,' Dies at 101Johnson was played by Taraji P. Henson in the acclaimed 2016 film RIP Bless her soul. She was a national hero. RIP. A true American hero.
Glad that the world was told about her accomplishments while she lived, so that she could be given the accolades she so richly deserved. Rest In Peace Ms. Johnson 🙏🙏🙏😓 🕯 Rip A American Standard. Respect Rip jaketapper So Sorry! 💔 Condolences to you and your family and friends and all those involved! ☹️🕊️
RIP She loved long enough to see herself portrayed in a movie exposing her contributions to the Human Race! RIP. Your work here is done and will not be forgotten!
Katherine Johnson, mathematician and real-life subject of 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, died Monday morning at the age of 101. MORE: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, has died at the age of 101. Johnson's pivotal role at NASA was highlighted in the 2016 film 'Hidden Figures.' RIP Sad but what a groundbreaker she was!