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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019: GPS mathematician Gladys West helped change the military and the lives of everyday people

No, the world wouldn’t go back to the Stone Age without GPS, but the Global Positioning System pioneered by U.S. Navy mathematician Gladys West has changed the world in increasingly immeasurable ways.

West, now in her late 80s, is the African-American woman who used mathematical and computer calculations...

Air Force Space Command Vice Commander Lt. Gen. DT Thompson delivers Gladys West with the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame award for her work, which included doing the math to make GPS possible. ...