Vaughan, Dorothy – Mathematician


The Dorothy Vaughan mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals who shaped the Science & Physics history of the United States.  An image of Dorothy Vaughan and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Dorothy Vaughan graduated from Wilberforce University, at age nineteen with a B.A. in mathematics.  In 1942, President Roosevelt issued an executive order that desegregated the defense industry, a year later Vaughan began working for the Langley Research Center.  She was promoted to supervisor of the West Area Computers.  Dorothy recognized machine computers were the future and learned programming language she taught to her staff.  She went on to head the programming section of the Analysis and Computation Division at Langley.

Human Computers

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 Dorothy Vaughan 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.
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