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Dorothy Vaughan

1910 - 2008

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Dorothy Jean 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 receive a promotion and supervise a group of staff at the center. She later was promoted officially to the position of supervisor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dorothy Vaughan has received more than 3,775,248 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Dorothy Vaughan is the 20th most popular computer scientist (up from 24th in 2019), the 1,441st most popular biography from United States (up from 1,917th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 20 out of 201Before her are Sergey Brin, Vint Cerf, Edgar F. Codd, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Ray Kurzweil, and Ken Thompson. After her are Marvin Minsky, Guido van Rossum, Alan Kay, John Backus, Ward Cunningham, and Jef Raskin.

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Among people born in 1910, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 53Before her are Archer Martin, Eero Saarinen, Lobsang Rampa, John Sturges, Shunichi Kumai, and Miguel Najdorf. After her are Imi Lichtenfeld, Tjalling Koopmans, J. Allen Hynek, Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, Pavel Batitsky, and Sergey Gorshkov. Among people deceased in 2008, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 54Before her are Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, George Carlin, Joshua Lederberg, Dražan Jerković, and Janez Drnovšek. After her are Youssef Chahine, Henri Cartan, Isaac Hayes, Mauricio Kagel, Eartha Kitt, and Paul Scofield.

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Among people born in United States, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 1,441 out of 18,182Before her are Mario Lanza (1921), Helen Hunt (1963), Tom Skerritt (1933), Daniel Nathans (1928), Richard Kuklinski (1935), and Mariah Carey (1969). After her are Robert Whittaker (1920), Tyrone Power (1914), Allen Dulles (1893), Joseph Cotten (1905), Debbie Harry (1945), and Ethan Allen (1738).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 12Before her are John McCarthy (1927), Larry Page (1973), Vint Cerf (1943), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Ray Kurzweil (1948), and Ken Thompson (1943). After her are Marvin Minsky (1927), Alan Kay (1940), John Backus (1924), Ward Cunningham (1949), Jef Raskin (1943), and Leonard Kleinrock (1934).