Dorothy Vaughan

1910 - 2008

Dorothy Vaughan

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (September 20, 1910 – November 10, 2008) was an American mathematician and human computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In 1949, she became acting supervisor of the West Area Computers, the first African-American woman to supervise a group of staff at the center. She later was promoted officially to the position. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dorothy Vaughan has received more than 2,717,280 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 23rd most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 22 out of 187Before her are Ken Thompson, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, George Dantzig, John Backus, and Larry Page. After her are Ivan Sutherland, Sergey Brin, J. C. R. Licklider, Gabe Newell, Peter Naur, and Maurice Wilkes.

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Among people born in 1910, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 64Before her are John Sturges, Karel Zeman, Farid al-Atrash, Barthélemy Boganda, Shunichi Kumai, and Juan Velasco Alvarado. After her are August Landmesser, Said bin Taimur, Johan Ferrier, Miguel Hernández, Ferdinand Daučík, and Louis Slotin. Among people deceased in 2008, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 66Before her are Isaac Hayes, Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Henry Molaison, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, Jean-Marie Balestre, and Eartha Kitt. After her are Henri Salvador, Donald E. Westlake, Joseph M. Juran, Rajko Mitić, Kiyosi Itô, and Alfonso López Trujillo.

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Among people born in United States, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 1,772 out of 12,171Before her are William A. Wellman (1896), Husband E. Kimmel (1882), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Edmund Kemper (1948), Jim Rogers (1942), and Ruth Gordon (1896). After her are Hank Williams (1923), Aileen Wuornos (1956), Michael Spence (1943), Robert Downey Sr. (1936), Marvin Harris (1927), and John Mauchly (1907).