New Film and Book on Hidden Figures at NASA

Hidden Figures, released as both a book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a film adaptation (starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe) brings into fuller view the role played by Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson at NASA in the 1940s-60s, during a concerted push for achievement in aerospace engineering and administration. The film has received considerable critical and popular acclaim, been repeatedly nominated during the 1016-17 award season, and has recently won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

For details regarding the film, see its site at 20th Century FoxSee, also, a number of reviews at The Atlantic and The Guardian.

For more background information, see this article at The Smithsonian Magazine.

Margot Lee Shetterly details the history of NASA's African-American female mathematicians, or 'computers,' in her book, Hidden Figures. (William Morrow/Aran Shetterly)

Margot Lee Shetterly details the history of NASA's African-American female mathematicians, or 'computers,' in her book, Hidden Figures. (William Morrow/Aran Shetterly)

Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson (L-R). BOB NYE/NASA/DONALDSON COLLECTION/SMITH COLLECTION/GADO/GETTY IMAGES

Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson (L-R). BOB NYE/NASA/DONALDSON COLLECTION/SMITH COLLECTION/GADO/GETTY IMAGES