A “Hidden Figures” Familiar Face

As you flip through the pages of last year’s hit novel “Hidden Figures,” you’ll find countless names of women who helped NASA in the race to space – but one, in particular, has special meaning at Rutgers University-Camden.

Ida Bassette was a native of Hampton, Virginia and worked alongside Dorothy Vaughan (portrayed by Octavia Spencer in the movie adaptation) as a “computer” in the West Campus of NASA Langley. She later became a shift supervisor along with Vaughan and eventually made the move with her family to Passaic, New Jersey. There, she became a public school teacher and raised a daughter who went on to become the current Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden: Phoebe Haddon.

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