Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” set to be released as a film in 2017.
Margot is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “human computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War, and the Space Race. Margot’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in her book. She grew up around the historically black Hampton College, where the women in “Hidden Figures” studied. Along with Aran Shetterly, Margot co-founded the magazine “Inside Mexico.” She graduated from the University of Virginia, and is a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.