Hey, everyone. I missed writing about this yesterday, but thanks to the science writin’ people down at IFLScience (sorry, I can’t find a direct link on their page), I was reminded that yesterday was the 80th birthday of Margaret Hamilton, who was a pioneer, and a pioneering woman, among computer scientists and systems engineers.
Ms. Hamilton is one of the computer scientists who worked on the Apollo Program, and her work on the vehicles’ guidance system was instrumental to the program’s success. When Apollo 11 ran into some trouble during its landing, it was her work that helped get them to the ground safely. Without her work, the Apollo program might never have gotten to the moon. She went on to work on the Skylab program as well.
I admit I don’t know very much about her, but I’ve wanted to learn more for a while. I didn’t want another day to go by without posting a birthday wish. So, happy belated 80th!