Hear from 'Hidden Figures' Author, UVA Alumna Margot Lee Shetterly

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 00:00 -- mes3xg

Margot Shetterly headshotUniversity of Virginia alumna Margot Shetterly’s book proposal was rapidly snapped up by Hollywood producers, as the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – African-American women known at NASA as “the computers” – proved irresistible. The three women, portrayed by Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, were mathematicians at NASA’s Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. In 1962 – a time when segregation was still common and women were underrepresented in the sciences – they were some of the leading minds behind John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)