African-American Influences in Science…

12 Feb African-American Influences in Science…

Have you heard of Gladys West (pictured with her husband)?

She completed her 42-year career at the Navy base at Dahlgren and she was part of the team that developed the Global Positioning System in the 1950s and 1960s.

Gladys rose through the ranks of the navy, worked on the satellite geodesy (science that measures the size and shape of Earth) and contributed to the accuracy of GPS and the measurement of satellite data.  She started her career as a mathematician at Dahlgren in 1956.

Growing up in Dinwiddie County south of Richmond, all Gladys Mae Brown knew was that she didn’t want to work in the fields, picking tobacco, corn and cotton, or in a nearby factory, beating tobacco leaves into pieces small enough for cigarettes and pipes, as her parents did.

“I realized I had to get an education to get out,” she said.  (article source) Read more here

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