Margaret Heafield Hamilton, NASA’s lead software engineer for the Apollo Program, stands next to the code she wrote by hand in 1969. The code landed humans on the moon for the first time on 20 July 1969.
Margaret Hamilton is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was born in Paoli, Indiana, the United States on 17 August 1936. Margaret was the director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo program.
She led the team that created the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. The computer system was the most sophisticated of its time. Her strict manner was so prosperous that no software bugs were ever established to have appeared during any crewed Apollo missions.
Margaret Hamilton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2016.
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