Mary Jackson graduated from the Hampton Institute with degrees in Math and Physical Sciences. She was hired in 1951 by the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory’s segregated West Area Computing section under the supervision of Dorothy Vaughan. She entered a training program in order to get a promotion to engineer. Jackson had to receive special permission to study with white peers and became NASA’s first African-American female engineer in 1958. Jackson was honored many times for her scientific achievements and as a humanitarian.
The term “computer” originated in 1613 and meant “one who computes” indicating someone who performs complex mathematical calculations. The early computers focused on astronomy and navigation. In 1940, NASA began hiring female African-American’s as mathematicians. These women went on to become the first professional computer programmers.
This Mary Jackson History Mug is part of our biographical series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our U.S. history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.