MARGARET HAMILTON

MARGARET HAMILTON

MARGARET HAMILTON

* Born 17th Aug 1936

* Now aged 81

* a completely badass computer scientist whose coding got man on the moon — and safely back again.

* At just 24, with an undergraduate degree in maths, she got a job at MIT so she could support her husband through three years at Harvard Law school.

* After that, it would have been her turn, to do a postgraduate degree maths.

* When NASA’s Apollo Moon programme came along, however, Hamilton, also now a mother, was appointed to lead the development of the on-board flight software.

* In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

* In 1986, she received the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award by the Association for Women in Computing.

* This award is given to individuals who have excelled in either (or both) of two areas: 1. Outstanding scientific and technical achievement and 2. Extraordinary service to the computing community through their accomplishments and contributions on behalf of women in computing.

* In 2003, she was given the NASA Exceptional Space Act Award for scientific and technical contributions. The award included $37,200, the largest amount awarded to any individual in NASA's history.

* In 2009, she received the Outstanding Alumni Award by Earlham College.

* In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, the highest civilian honor in the United States

* On April 28, 2017, she received the Computer History Museum Fellow Award, which honors exceptional men and women whose computing ideas have changed the world.

* In 2018 she was invested honoris causa by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.