Thursday, March 16, 2017

NASA: In 1955, Annie Easley Was Way Ahead of Her Time

In 1955, Annie Easley began her career at NASA, then the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), as a human computer performing complex mathematical calculations.
When human computers were replaced by machines, Easley evolved along with the technology. She became an adept computer programmer, using languages like the Formula Translating System (Fortran) to support a number of NASA’s programs. She developed and implemented code used in researching energy-conversion systems, analyzing alternative power technology—including the battery technology that was used for early hybrid vehicles, as well as for the Centaur upper-stage rocket. Her contributions to the Centaur project framed the technological foundation for launching future satellites and space vehicles, including the 1997 launch of Cassini to Saturn.
Later in her career at NASA, she took on the additional role of equal employment opportunity (EEO) counselor. In this role she helped supervisors address issues of gender, race, and age in discrimination complaints at the lowest level and in the most cooperative way possible.
Annie Easley retired in 1989 after 34 years with NASA. She passed away on June 25, 2011. 

Annie Easley is an extraordinary woman and even more extraordinary as a human computer.  I had to know what is a human computer and one is much like you probably expect.  (WIKI:  Human computer)

She has prodigious arithmetic skills and would presumably have been deadly on a chess board.

The year is impressive since race relations weren't at all advanced in the Fifties and yet here is Annie Easley as one of the NASA All-Stars.


Anonymous said...

I am telling you watch the movie
Hidden Figures

Peas InOurThyme said...

Yep, must find that one since I see these people and feel the ooh wow reaction so more, more, more!

Human computer?? I never even heard of one in sci fi!

Anonymous said...

Saw it! Enjoyed it! (Yiffy) ML

Peas InOurThyme said...

Same here and "Hidden Figures" is now one of my staples for 'feel good' movies which is special since this one isn't even fake. There were multiple points in watching the movie where it gets all teary and I was thinking, "Man, look for fuckin' good this is."

That had to have happened half a dozen times or better. I know Hollywood was playing me that way but the story was true so, ok, I'm fine with it. Play me a little (larfs).