Katherine Johnson, a mathematician responsible for putting men on the moon. A math genius, Johnson entered West Virginia State University, a Historically Black College, at age 15. While there, professors at the campus competed to have the brilliant young woman in their classes. Dr. William W. Schiefflin Claytor, who earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics at Howard University, told the bright young woman that she would make a great Research Mathematician, and set about teaching her all that he knew. She took every Math class that the university offered, and her young professor and mentor even created an Analytic Geometry class, specifically for her, that she alone took. It all paid off. She arrived at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA, after the organization had begun looking for women to work as “computers.” At this time, electronic computing was still in its early stages and human […]
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Gerald Lawson is the person to thank for the PlayStation, Wii or Xbox gaming system you use. A self-taught engineer, he is considered a pioneer in the videogame world for creating the single cartridge-based gaming system. Creator of the Channel F Fairchild Video Entertainment Computer. He also helped develop one of the first arcade machines, Demolition Derby (which was second to the game Pong), in 1977. Lawson founded Videosoft, which was a video game development company that made software for Atari in the 1980’s. He was also the only black member of the Homebrew Computer Club, a hobbyist club, which also computer pioneers Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were a part of.