Technology

Meet Gladys West, The Black Woman Who Developed GPS Technology

Technology

Meet Gladys West, The Black Woman Who Developed GPS Technology

Gladys West is just as important — only her name isn’t familiar to most people. West, who was born in 1930, worked as a mathematician, collecting and analyzing satellite data of the Earth’s surface, until she eventually created a detailed model and helped developed the technology that resulted in GPS, the global navigational satellite system that can accurately determine your position anywhere on Earth.

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