The Untold Story of the Hidden Human Computers: A Timeline
August 8, 2016
The Human Computers at NASA project is a student/faculty collaborative project at the Macalester College's American Studies Department that seeks to shed light on the buried stories of African American women with math and science degrees who began working at NACA (now NASA) in 1943 in secret, segregated facilities. Dozens of African American women worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940's to the 1960's and no one knows about it. These well-educated African American women performed calculations and data analysis that was crucial to flight test and space exploration.
The African American women are often referred to as the hidden Human Computers. With their contributions at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, the hidden human computers paved a path for black women in the fields of STEM.