International Women’s Day

“I had the fortune that my father and my grandfather encouraged me into follow any carreer or path I choose in life. They never thought that the election had something to do with being a man or a woman.”

Margaret Heafield Hamilton (August 17, 1936) is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program. She was the only woman working on the team of developers, and one of the few women working for the NASA. She assisted the Apollo’s arriving on the Moon.

In 1986, she became the founder and CEO of Hamilton Technologies, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was developed around the Universal Systems Language based on her paradigm of Development Before the Fact (DBTF) for systems and software design.

Hamilton has published over 130 papers, proceedings, and reports about the 60 projects and six major programs in which she has been involved.

On November 22, 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama for her work leading the development of on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo Moon missions.


Margaret Heafield Hamilton (17 de Agosto de 1936) es una científica computacional, matemática e ingeniera de sistemas. Fue directora de la División de Ingeniería de Software del Laboratorio de Instrumentación del MIT, donde con su equipo desarrolló el software de navegación “on-board” para el Programa Espacial Apolo. Era la única mujer trabajando en su equipo de desarrolladores, y una de las pocas mujeres trabajando para la NASA. Asistió en el alunizaje de Apolo.

En 1986, se convirtió en la fundadora y CEO de Hamilton Technologies, Inc. en Cambridge, Massachusetts. La compañía se desarrolló alrededor del Lenguaje Universal de Sistemas basada en su paradigma de “Desarrollo antes del hecho” (DBTF del inglés Development Before the Fact) para sistemas de diseño de software.

El 22 de noviembre de 2016, Hamilton recibió la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad, entregada por el presidente de Estados Unidos Barack Obama, por su trabajo en la NASA durante las misiones Apolo.


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