## Mary Jackson

Mathematician Mary Jackson was one of a small group of African-American women who worked as aeronautical engineers, called "human computers," at NASA during the Space Age.

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Mathematician Mary Jackson was one of a small group of African-American women who worked as aeronautical engineers, called "human computers," at NASA during the Space Age.

- Mathematician(1921–2005)

Leonardo DiCaprio optioned Walter Isaacson's new biography on Leonardo Da Vinci, and the film has just secured a screenwriter: John Logan, who wrote ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre.’ The film, produced by Paramount and Appian Way, will star DiCaprio in the title role.

- Mathematician, Inventor(1452–1519)

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan worked as a mathematician on the SCOUT Launch Vehicle Program that launched America’s first satellites into space.

- Mathematician(1910–2008)

Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was instrumental in establishing the concept of a heliocentric solar system, in which the sun, rather than the earth, is the center of the solar system.

- Astronomer, Mathematician(1473–1543)

English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, most famous for his law of gravitation, was instrumental in the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century.

- Astronomer, Physicist, Mathematician(1643–1727)

One of NASA's human 'computers,' Katherine G. Johnson performed the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight.

- Mathematician(1918–)

Srinivasa Ramanujan was a mathematical genius who made numerous contributions in the field, namely in number theory. The importance of his research continues to be studied and inspires mathematicians today.

- Mathematician(1887–1920)

American mathematician John F. Nash, Jr. was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics for his landmark work on the mathematics of game theory. His life inspired the Academy Award-winning biopic "A Beautiful Mind."

- Mathematician(1928–2015)

Mathematician Kelly Miller advanced the intellectual life of African Americans, earning several advanced degrees. He was the first black man to attend Johns Hopkins University.

- Mathematician(1863–1939)

Famed mathematician Alan Turing proved in his 1936 paper, "On Computable Numbers," that a universal algorithmic method of determining truth in math cannot exist.

- Mathematician, Educator(1912–1954)

Computer programmer Grace Hopper helped develop a compiler that was a precursor to the widely used COBOL language and became a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

- Mathematician, Computer Programmer(1906–1992)

Philosopher and mathematician René Descartes is regarded as the father of modern philosophy for defining a starting point for existence, “I think; therefore I am.”

- Mathematician(1596–1650)

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities.

- Mathematician, Theologian, Physicist(1623–1662)

Leonhard Euler was an 18th century physicist and scholar who was responsible for developing many concepts that are an integral part of modern mathematics.

- Mathematician(1707–1783)

Euphemia Lofton Haynes became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1943.

- Mathematician(1890–1980)

English mathematician Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron, has been called "the first computer programmer" for writing an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s.

- Computer Programmer, Mathematician(1815–1852)

In 1925, Elbert Frank Cox became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. He taught for 40 years and inspired future Black mathematicians.

- Mathematician(1895–1969)

Charles Babbage was known for his contributions to the first mechanical computers, which laid the groundwork for more complex future designs.

- Mathematician, Inventor(1791–1871)

Marjorie Lee Browne was a prominent mathematician and educator who, in 1949, became only the third African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in her field.

- Mathematician(1914–1979)