juice wrote:DEyncourt wrote: Even after those Fortran computers were doing the calculations for the Mercury program, John Glenn demanded: "Get me that girl"--she being the blessed Katherine Johnson--"and have her check these numbers."--pointing to a stack of computer printouts for his mission--"If she says that they're good, that is good enough for me." Perhaps not an exact quote, but close enough to get the gist.
This was dramatized in “Hidden Figures“. Good movie.
I agree, but the movie version suffers from the usual time- and character-compression that ALL scripts based on books must go through.
To get a fuller--though of course incomplete--look at the blatant racism and misogyny those women faced in the Virginia countryside surrounding Langley Research Center (and a lot inside LRC), read the book.