Judith worked on the Apollo 13 rescue mission while in labour. She gave birth to Jack Black.

From a very young age, the late aerospace engineer and author had a keen interest in maths and science.

In fact, by fifth grade, Cohen’s classmates were paying her to do their maths homework.

When it later came time for Cohen to attend university in the early 1950s, she was certain that she wanted to become a maths teacher. But her high school guidance counsellor suggested otherwise.

“You know, Judy, I think you ought to go to a nice finishing school and learn to be a lady,” Cohen remembered the counsellor telling her.

But despite the counsellor’s advice, Cohen followed her dreams, landing a scholarship to Brooklyn College to major in maths, before switching to engineering.

By the time she was 19 years old, Cohen was both a New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company dancer and an engineering student.

In the years that followed, Cohen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and welcomed three children – Neil, Howard, and Rachel – with her husband, fellow engineer Neil Siegel.

She later welcomed her fourth child, actor and musician Jack Black, with her second husband, Tom Black.

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