Thus Spake Zuska

Penny Richards has created a new purse, available on her Etsy site. Here’s some info about it she shared with me (details about the purse construction available on the site):

[the purse honors] Melba Roy, a Howard University graduate (undergrad and masters) who was a mathematician at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the 1960s. She led a team (four women, seven men) who did computations to track the movements of satellites. I wish I could find more about her, but there’s nothing much online–can’t even find a birth year (or death date, but she might still be alive).

Get it while it’s hot, ladies. This is one of a kind.

Penny’s creations are amazing. Why buy some new bag when you could be totin’ one of Penny’s? Seriously. Check out the Janet Scudder and Jazz Age bags, too.


  1. #1 DNLee
    February 5, 2010

    that is great. You should submit this post to the Black History Month Diversity in Science Carnival

  2. #2 lost academic
    February 6, 2010

    Sold out yesterday :(

  3. #3 Penny
    February 6, 2010

    Thanks! That sold it. ;D I love doing purses about women in science, but they sell quickly, so you might not know it from looking at the shop on any given day.

  4. #4 Jared
    February 6, 2010

    David Alan Grier wrote a book, “When Computers Were Human” which addressed the role of human computers in the development of astronomy. It was inspired by his grandmother’s training in the field.