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GPS Pioneer Dr Gladys West Made a Huge Difference in Our World – commentary

By Allan Golombek | Real Clear Markets

It was long overdue. This year, Gladys West was inducted into the U.S. Air Force and Space Pioneers Hall of Fame. West has earned renown as one of the Hidden Figures, a group of female, African-American mathematicians who played a key role in the U.S. space program, as depicted in a popular movie released two years ago. But that was just one of her accomplishments.

She was also a grandmother of the GPS system. Her life story is a tale of how anyone in a market economy can grow up to make an enormous scientific and economic contribution – despite the burdens of discrimination they may bear.     Continue reading

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