She is quite possibly the most influential scientist you’ve never heard of. Margaret Hamilton, now 80, has been described as “the woman who sent man to the moon”, the inventor of modern software and the pioneer of “software engineering”. To call her a trailblazer is an understatement.
As Wired put it: “As a working mother in the 1960s, Hamilton was unusual; but as a spaceship programmer, Hamilton was positively radical.”
She led a team at MIT that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo spacecraft that eventually landed humans on the moon in 1969.