THE WOMEN OF THE NACA AND NASA

Photo: 1950s group photo of the staff of the 4-foot by 4-Foot Supersonic Pressure Tunnel at NACA Langley. Courtesy NASA.

When the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia embarked upon an experiment in human relations in 1935, no one could have imagined that it would turn into one of the most successful recruitment and development programs in history for female mathematicians and engineers.

Hundreds of women worked for NASA's aeronautical and space laboratories over the years. Some stayed briefly; others turned the work into a career. Our goal is to find all of the women who worked as computers or mathematicians at the NACA or NASA and remember their contributions here. And we need your help! Contact us if you or someone you know--a mother, grandmother, sister, colleague, or friend---were one of the pioneers, and we'll make sure to update the database.