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Woman who coded the Apollo XI Moon Landing wins Medal of Freedom

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Yes, there are too few women who are trained and employed as software engineers, but there are women out there quietly programming their way to history. And some of them have been doing this for decades. Case in point, Margaret Hamilton helped write the code that allowed astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969. Last week she was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama.


(Margaret Hamilton inside a mock-up of the Apollo command module. Photo Credit: MIT)


Read an intriguing article from Wired in 2015 that talks about Hamilton’s career as a young mother working on the Apollo mission, and being “one of the guys” in the programming team.


- Written by: Paulette Clancy

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