Black History Facts-Dr. Gladys West -Mathematician who help create GPS

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This Black History Month fact is in honor of Dr. Gladys West who was a mathematician and graduate of the University of Virginia. West was Hired in 1956 as a mathematician at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, where she participated in a path-breaking, award-winning astronomical studies during the early 1960's. During the 1980's, she used complex algorithms to account for variations in gravitational, tidal, and other forces that distort Earth’s shape, which led to the creation of Global Positioning System (GPS). So we have her to thank for the extra help when trying to find locations while driving. In December of 2018 West was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame.

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