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Margaret Hamilton is a scientist who was employed at NASA during the 1960s and into the 1970s before becoming CEO of her own company. She is credited with developing the term “software engineering,” which elevated the software industry.
Hamilton worked on some of the technology behind the Apollo space missions, and contributed to other major national military and technology projects. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama in November of 2016 for her work contributing to technology used for NASA's Apollo Moon missions.
With degrees from the University of Michigan and Earlham College, Hamilton is a prolific author and has been involved in an impressive array of projects in the context of rapid technological progress throughout the last half century. Other awards that Hamilton holds include the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing, and an Outstanding Alumni Award from her alma mater at Earlham.