The headquarter building of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at Washington D.C., has been renamed after Mary Winston Jackson(1921-2005), the first black female engineer at NASA. Administrator Jim Bridestone made the announcement on 24th June.
About Mary W Jackson:-
- Mary Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia.
- Mary helps in opening opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology.
- She worked as US Army Secretary before her aerospace career.
- Mary was recruited by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1951 which was succeeded by NASA in 1958.
- She was a Mathematician and was promoted as the first black female engineer.
- The movie ‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson.
- In 2019, The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed by President Donald Trump and awarded to honour Mary.
Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
Found: 1 October 1958