NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was honored with a statue and scholarship at her alma mater West Virginia State University, in line with Metro Information.
College officers unveiled the statue depicting Johnson at a ceremony on Saturday attended by NASA astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle, Johnson’s daughters Joylette Hylick, Katherine Moore and college president Anthony Jenkins.
“I’m very appreciative to WVSU for giving me the chance to create the monument sculpture of Mrs. Katherine Johnson,” Frederick Hightower, the artist behind the life-size statue of Johnson, instructed Metro Information. “This sculpture being on our campus is not going to solely honor the good accomplishments of Mrs. Johnson, however may even convey nationwide consideration and recognition to one among America’s nice HBCU’s, West Virginia State University.”
Johnson’s supplied calculations for NASA’s area missions, together with its House Shuttle program.
Her contributions to the area program have been lately depicted on display with the movie Hidden Figures, the place she was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson. The movie was primarily based on a guide with the identical title.
Johnson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015.