Margaret Hamilton is an American computer scientist, systems engineer and business owner. Hamilton was the Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which designed the onboard flight software that made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo mission possible. On November 22, 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama for her work on NASA’s Apollo Moon missions. After her stint developing software for NASA, she founded two software companies.
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