When people have their biases and prejudices, yes, I am aware. My head is not in the sand. But my thing is, if I can’t work with you, I will work around you. I was not about to be so discouraged that I’d walk away. That may be a solution for some people, but it’s not mine. – Annie Easley (1933-2011)
Annie Easley was a computer scientist, mathematician and rocket scientist who played an instrumental role in the development of computer codes for the Centaur rocket stage (a high energy rocket used to launch space shuttles) and solar, wind and energy projects for NASA.
In 1955, Easley was one of only four African-Americans out of 2500 employees that was hired at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautic Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory (in 1958, NACA was eventually changed to NASA John Lewis Research Center).
She was one of the few African American pioneers in the field of computer science.
Fun Fact: On August 21, 2001, NASA interviewed Easley as a part of their Oral History Project. Click here to read the transcript of the interview!