Wonder Women of the Week: Margaret Hamilton

Name: Margaret Hamilton

Life: August 17, 1936 - Present

Occupation: Computer Scientist

Super Power: Code Buster

In 1965, Margaret Hamilton became the director and supervisor of software programming for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory at MIT. Having taught herself programming, Hamilton led a team of men to develop the flight software for the agency’s Apollo missions, most memorably Apollo 11. It was because of her code, written by hand, that Apollo 11 was able to safely land allowing Neil Armstrong to be the first man to walk on the moon.

In 2003, Nasa awarded Margaret the Exceptional Space Act Award for scientific and technical contributions. She is now the CEO of Hamilton Technologies and continues to be a leader in the evolvement of technology.