Margaret Hamilton (scientist)

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Margaret Hamilton
Hamilton in 1989
Margaret Heafield

(1936-08-17) August 17, 1936 (age 87)
EducationEarlham College
University of Michigan
Occupation(s)CEO of Hamilton Technologies, Inc.
Computer scientist
SpouseJames Cox Hamilton (divorced)
ChildrenLauren Hamilton
RelativesJames Cox Chambers (son-in-law)
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom[1]

Margaret Heafield Hamilton (born August 17, 1936)[2] is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division[3] of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory. It developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program.[4]

On November 22, 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama for her work leading the development of on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo Moon missions.[1][5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "White House honors two of tech's female pioneers". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. Tiffany K. Wayne (2011). American Women of Science Since 1900. ABC-CLIO. pp. 480–1. ISBN 978-1-59884-158-9.
  3. "NASA Software Engineering Division/Code 580".
  4. NASA Office of Logic Design "About Margaret Hamilton" (Last Revised: February 03, 2010)
  5. "President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom". 16 November 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2017.

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