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Marjorie Lee Browne Colloquium: Hidden Figures: Bringing Math, Physics, History, and Race to Hollywood

Professor Rudy Horne/Professor Talitha Washington
Monday, January 15, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM
1324 East Hall Map
Abstract:
In January 2017, the movie Hidden Figures was released by 20th Century Fox studios. This movie tells the story of three African-American women mathematicians and engineers (Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan) who would play a pivotal role towards the successful mission of John Glenn’s spacecraft orbit around the Earth and the NASA missions to the moon.

For this talk, we give a brief review of the space race going on at the time between the United States of America and the former Soviet Union. We will discuss the lives and contributions that NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and the NASA engineers Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan made to the space race. In particular, their work as concerns John Glenn’s orbit around the Earth in 1962 and to the moon missions. Also, we will talk about the experiences of being a mathematical consultant for this film. (This talk was designed and originally to be presented by Professor Rudy Horne, who passed away in December 2017. Professor Washington kindly agreed to present in his stead.)
Building: East Hall
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: African American, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Film, Industrial and Operations Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Mathematics