NASA Mathematician Melba Roy
She was head of the group of NASA mathematicians known as “computers,” who tracked the Echo satellites. Her calculations were instrumental in giving NASA the information to know where the satellites were at all times.
After years at NASA in many roles, ending with Assistant Chief of Research Programmes, Trajectory and Geodynamics Division, “she received an Exceptional Performance Award and NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award.”
This is Virginia born, Howard University educated, Melba Roy in 1964.
Sources: NASA on The Commons & https://geekfeminism.org/…/wednesday-geek-woman-melba-roy-…/