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 3,235,666 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Dorothy Vaughan is the 24th most popular computer scientist (down from 22nd in 2019), the 1,918th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,772nd in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 24 out of 205Before her are Larry Page, Alan Kay, Marvin Minsky, John Backus, Sergey Brin, and Leonard Kleinrock. After her are Maurice Wilkes, Larry Tesler, J. C. R. Licklider, Peter Naur, Guido van Rossum, and Ward Cunningham.

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Among people born in 1910, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 69Before her are Tjalling Koopmans, Carmine Coppola, Karel Zeman, Remo Giazotto, Sergey Gorshkov, and Farid al-Atrash. After her are Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Johan Ferrier, Juan Velasco Alvarado, Kenneth E. Boulding, Chico Xavier, and Miguel Hernández. Among people deceased in 2008, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 69Before her are Thomas Huckle Weller, Henri Cartan, Dora Ratjen, Donald E. Westlake, Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, and Marcial Maciel. After her are Henry Molaison, Rajko Mitić, Cyd Charisse, Joseph M. Juran, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, and Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah.

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Among people born in United States, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 1,918 out of 15,968Before her are Roger Ailes (1940), Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930), Andrew Garfield (1983), Ken Norton (1943), Sheldon Adelson (1933), and Jack Daniel (1850). After her are Kelly Bishop (1944), Alex Jones (1974), David Letterman (1947), Eleanor Parker (1922), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), and Robert Mapplethorpe (1946).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Dorothy Vaughan ranks 16Before her are George Dantzig (1914), Larry Page (1973), Alan Kay (1940), Marvin Minsky (1927), John Backus (1924), and Leonard Kleinrock (1934). After her are Larry Tesler (1945), J. C. R. Licklider (1915), Ward Cunningham (1949), Frances E. Allen (1932), Ivan Sutherland (1938), and Jef Raskin (1943).