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Margaret Hamilton

  • After graduating from high school in 1954, Hamilton pursued a degree in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. Eventually transferring to Earlham college in 1958 to complete her degree.
  • Was contracted in 1961 at M.I.T. by NASA to write the Apollo program’s guidance software code. Pioneering the new and unfamiliar world of coding and software engineering.
  • Coined the term “Software Engineer” to describe her role in developing the in-flight systems software and Priority Displays for the Apollo command module, lunar lander, and Skylab.
  • As Apollo 11’s lunar lander module descended to the Moon, a computer error appeared. Margaret and Nasa’s software engineers reacted quickly to give a “Go/No Go” for the moon landing.
  • President Barack Obama awarded Hamilton the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her pioneering spirit and dedication to NASA in 2016.
  • Hamilton would continue to lead and develop the field of software, eventually starting her own company, “Hamilton Technology,” in 1986.

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