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The Untold Story of the Hidden Human Computers: A Timeline

Project Director: Duchess Harris, American Studies
Link to Project Website

This is a screenshot from the “Timeline” page of the project website.

From the “About” section of the project website:

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.

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. This website is for the general public to learn about the untold story of when African American women were computers. In digging for their stories, The Human Computers at NASA project serves to educate the public about a part of the national history that is absent in our memory of NASA.