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The Author

Margot-Shetterly-credit-Aran-Shetterly Raised in metropolitan Virginia, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up watching her father work at NASA’s Langley Research Center and was surrounded by extended family and friends who worked in STEM fields as engineers, technologists, and professors. She saw mathematicians at her family’s church, sonic boom experts in her mother’s sorority, and electrical engineers in her parents’ college alumni associations.

“I knew so many African Americans working in science, math, and engineering that I thought that’s just what black folks did.” –Margot Lee Shetterly

Shetterly began researching and writing her wildly successful nonfiction debut Hidden Figures nearly a decade ago. Before the book was even published in 2016, film studios were clamoring to purchase the rights to the film. She sold the rights in 2014 and the feature film starring the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monàe, and Kevin Costner was released in 2016. Since its release, the film has grossed almost $236 million worldwide and was named as one of the year’s Top 10 Films by the National Board of Review for 2016.

In 2013, Margot Lee Shetterly founded The Human Computer Project, an organization whose mission is to recover the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers in the early days of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the 1930s through the 1980s.

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