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Margot Lee Shetterly


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5 Things About Margot

  1. She is he author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (William Morrow/HarperCollins).

  2. She founded The Human Computer Project, an initiative to recover the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s.

  3. She is a proud Hampton, Virginia native, University of Virginia graduate, an entrepreneur, and a world traveler who spent 11 years living in Mexico.

  4. After college, Lee moved to New York and worked several years in investment banking.

  5. She grew up surrounded by black STEM professionals. Her dad was a NASA lifer, a career Langley Research Center scientist who became an internationally respected climate expert. Five of her father’s seven siblings were engineers or technologists.

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