Above: Staff of engineers and computers of the 4-foot x 4-foot Supersonic Pressure Tunnel at NACA-Langley in the 1950s. Mary Jackson is on the front row, far right.

When computers wore skirts.

From the 1930s through the 1980s, hundreds of women worked as “human computers” for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and its successor the National Aeronautics and Space Administration– NASA. These aeronautical ground troops were part of a long tradition of mathematically talented women, who helped power many of the great technological advances of the 20th century.

The Human Computer Project

The Human Computer Project is in the process or recovering the names and legacy of all of the female computers, mathematicians. math aides, data analysts, engineers and scientists at the NACA and NASA, from the 1930s through the 1980s.