When she was 7, this gal toured a captured German submarine that was on tour across the US. She knew then she wanted to design maritime vessels. Being female, and black, she had to buck a lot of resistance, but she became an engineer.
She wasn't allowed to touch the big computer in her office, the Univac, but finally all the men were out sick so she jumped over there on the computer and kept work going - proved herself to her superiors.
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
This guy was originally from Memphis, TN. His parents were race car owners. He grew up to get a psych degree, then got into sci-fi work. He's now in his mid-50s, and looks - in this photo at least - like all that travel through space & the adventures that went with that have worn him out!