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.
that is great. You should submit this post to the Black History Month Diversity in Science Carnival
Sold out yesterday :(
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.
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.