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Mary Winston Jackson

Mary Winston Jackson

Mary Jackson working at NASA Langley, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

  • Born 1921, Hampton, VA; dies 2005
  • 1942, Graduates with a B.S. in Mathematics and Physical Science from Hampton Institute
  • 1951, several career changes later, she is hired by NACA’s Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory working under Dorothy Vaughan in the segregated West Area Computing section
  • 1953, works in Supersonic Pressure Tunnel and is encouraged by engineer Kazimierz Carnecki to take graduate level courses in math and physics
  • 1958 becomes first black female engineer & co-authors “Effects of Nose Angle and Mach Number on Transition on Cones at Supersonic Speeds”
  • 1979, frustrated by her experience of the glass ceiling, she takes position as Langley’s Federal Women’s Program Manager
  • 1985, Retires from NASA

A Mathematician and aerospace engineer, Mary Winston Jackson was NASA's first African-American female engineer and a member of the so-called "Hidden Figures" group.

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* Biographical information compiled by Jeffery Jones, 2022

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