Margaret Hamilton–not to be confused with the Wicked Witch of the West–studied mathematics at the University of Michigan before earning a B.A. in mathematics from Earlham College in 1958.
Her initial work as at MIT where she worked on computer software that could predict weather systems, which was later developed to track enemy aircraft during the Cold War.
While at MIT, she joined the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory which was working on the Apollo Space mission. Her teams were responsible for developing flight software, error detection, and recovery. Ultimately, Hamilton’s team (along with others) were credited with developing software for both Apollo and Skylab.
Hamilton later went on to create her own company: Hamilton Technologies.
Margaret Hamilton Books for Kids
Margaret Hamilton Quotes
What they used to do when you came into this organization as a beginner, was to assign you this program which nobody was able to ever figure out or get to run. When I was the beginner they gave it to me as well. And what had happened was it was tricky programming, and the person who wrote it took delight in the fact that all of his comments were in Greek and Latin. So I was assigned this program and I actually got it to work. It even printed out its answers in Latin and Greek. I was the first one to get it to work.
Margaret Hamilton Achievements List
- Received a Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 22, 2016
Margaret Hamilton Facts
- Coined the term software engineering in order to emphasize its comparable importance relative to other engineering disciplines
- She and her team’s “asynchronous executive” approach to developing Apollo’s operating system may ahev single-handedly allowed the mission’s landing objective to be completed.