Joylette Goble is famous as the author of “My Remarkable Journey,” a biography of the late NASA employee Katherine Johnson. She’s also the youngest of the three daughters of Katherine Johnson and through the book she is keeping her mother’s legacy alive. Joylette’s father was Katharine’s first husband, James Francis Goble. Keep on reading to find out more about Joylette Goble.
Personal life of Joylette Goble
The third daughter of Katherine Johnson and her husband, James Gobble, was born in 1946. The couple had two more daughters, Constance and Katherine, who were older than Joylette. Joylette was only 10 years old when her father, James Francis Goble, passed away in 1956.
Three years later, Joylette’s mother, Katherine married again for the second time in 1959 to Jim Johnson, a war veteran. James A. “Jim” Johnson served the United States military during the Korean War. The couple had been together for more than 60 years until Jim passed away in 2019. A year later, Katherine followed her husband. She took her last breath in 2020.
According to Joylette Goble, her mother, Katherine Johnson was a true pioneer. Johnson opened many doors for women in science and technology. Joylette is now a computer scientist herself, and she is using her skills to keep her mother’s legacy alive.
Goble has created a website, katherinejohnson.com, which is dedicated to sharing her mother’s story. The site includes a timeline of Johnson’s life, a gallery of her photos, and a blog where Joylette writes about her own experiences as a computer scientist.
Who is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson was one of the original “human computers” at NASA. She was responsible for calculating the trajectory of the first American space mission to orbit the Earth. Johnson’s work was essential to the success of the space program, and she continued to work on projects like the Apollo Moon landing and the Space Shuttle program.
Born in 1918, Johnson was one of three children. Her father was a professor at West Virginia State University, and her mother was a schoolteacher. Johnson showed an early aptitude for mathematics, and she was chosen to integrate the all-black high school in her county.
She went on to attend West Virginia State University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduation, she married and had three children. She later divorced, and she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a mathematician at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later become NASA.
Katherine Johnson’s work in NASA
At NASA, Johnson worked on the trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s historic Mercury flight in 1961. She also played a key role in the Gemini and Apollo programs. For the Apollo Moon landing in 1969, she calculated the landing trajectory for the lunar module.
Johnson continued to work at NASA until her retirement in 1986. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. At 101 she passed away.
For Joylette her mother was an amazing woman. She was very passionate about her work and was always pushing herself to do better. Joylette wants people to remember her for that. Goble wants people to know that Katherine’s story is an inspiration. She wants them to see that anything is possible if you work hard and follow your dreams.