What is the nickname for engineers at NASA in Hidden Figures?

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Engineers at NASA were known as human computers, or simply computers, since they did the mathematical calculations that computers do before computers were used. Within the book Hidden Figures, the mathematicians calculated rocket trajectories and other complex equations by hand to help propel men safely into space.

Hidden Figures tells the story of three back women who worked as computers at NASA during the space race. Based on a true story, these women were kept hidden in the background since they were women and African American. They solved mathematical problems for others at NASA yet still faced racism and discrimination. They were not paid the same that their counterparts were paid, and they were segregated to the west section of Langley’s campus. Due to this, they became known as West Computers. They also had to use separate bathroom and dining facilities.

Through their persistence, determination, and assertiveness, one was eventually allowed into the all-male meetings. However, these women were still unknown for their accomplishments. Although they were important to the successful launch of Americans into space, they didn’t receive any recognition at the time. This book helped bring their story to light—a story that helped pave the way for female African American employees, especially those interested in more male-dominated fields.

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