Hidden Figures


Margot Lee Shetterly

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Henry Pearson is the head of the branch of the Flight Research Division where Katherine Johnson works. He pulls her from Dorothy Vaughan’s computing group, but he has to be persuaded to hire her on officially and give her the raise she deserves, in part because he doesn’t believe women should work.
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Henry Pearson Character Timeline in Hidden Figures

The timeline below shows where the character Henry Pearson appears in Hidden Figures. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Turbulence
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...position (and pay raise) as a member of the Flight Research Division. Katherine works for Henry Pearson who is not a big fan of women in the workplace. Dorothy also wields her... (full context)