|Birth Day||October 27, 1930|
|Birth Place||United States|
|Age||92 YEARS OLD|
Mathematician who made pioneering contributions to GPS technology. She was the second Black woman ever hired by the Naval Surface Warfare Center. In 2018, she was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame.
She received her BS and her MS from Virginia State University. She also held an MA from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD from Virginia Tech University.
She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
She was born in Sutherland, Virginia to a family of farmers that belong to a community of sharecroppers. In 1957, she married Ira West. They share three children and seven grandchildren.
Katherine Johnson was another prominent Black mathematician who worked for NASA during the early years of the space race.