Virginia Changemakers
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A pioneer in mathematics, Gladys B. West was an instrumental hidden figure in the development of the modern Global Positioning System.
King George County

A pioneer in the field of reproductive endocrinology, Georgeanna Seegar Jones helped lead pathbreaking research into fertility treatments for women.

A native of El Salvador,Jose Francisco Garciais currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech's Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Eastern Shore

A native of the Philippines, Dr. Juan Montero is the founder of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic and Montero Medical Missions.

The first African American to earn a nursing degree from the University of Virginia, Mavis Claytor–Ford focused on geriatric care during her 30-year career at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Nationally recognized physicist Warren Wesley Buck III helped create Hampton University’s doctoral program in physics and works to attract a diverse student population to the field.

Dana Olden Baldwin was a community physician whose entrepreneurial spirit created a thriving African-American business district in Martinsville.

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As a mathematician and aerospace engineer at NASA for forty years, Christine Mann Darden was a leader in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.

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The first orthopedic surgeon to fly into space, Robert L. Satcher's mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis included spacewalks to repair robotic arms on the International Space Station.

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An astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Beth A. Brown worked to inspire women and minorities to pursue careers in science.
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