Kathaleen Land

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Bonnie Kathaleen Land (died 7 October 2012)[1] was a computer[2] and mathematician at NASA's Langley facility.[3] The term "computer" was a job title identifying people who performed mathematical calculations by hand, i.e. "human computers". The 2016 movie Hidden Figures, which brought awareness to this early success within the NASA space program, was written by Land's former Sunday school student, and Land served as one of the first interviewees during research for the film.[4][5][6] Land was called the "inspiration behind, catalyst for, and gateway to" the creation of Hidden Figures.[6]

She was married to Stanley Land and had three daughters. She died on 7 October 2012.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Shetterly, Margot Lee (2016-09-06). Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062363619.


  1. ^ a b "Bonnie Land Obituary". Daily Press Obituaries. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Human Computers - NasaCRgis". crgis.ndc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  3. ^ Nichols Fairfax, Colita (2005). Hampton, Virginia. Arcadia Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 9780738518107.
  4. ^ "Hidden Figures", IMDb, retrieved 2019-10-09
  5. ^ Shetterly, Margot Lee (2017-02-07). "Hidden figures: the history of Nasa's black female scientists". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  6. ^ a b "Hidden no more: The African-American women of NASA's history". Silicon Republic. 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2019-10-09.