Margaret Hamilton – rare moments in her own words #Space @ComputerHistory
Margaret Hamilton is literally iconic for her work in the 1960s for the Space Program. She is also intensely private, having never given a full-length interview about her life and career.
That Margaret Hamilton was deservedly renowned for her achievements in computing is clear: In 2016, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The photograph of her standing beside a tower of printouts of Apollo Guidance Computer source code has itself become an iconic image, widely used to illustrate many discussions of the history of women in computing. It is but a click away in the Wikimedia Commons for authors, photo editors, students, and exhibit designers alike.
She rarely gives interviews or speaks publicly about herself. The Computer History Museum had the rare opportunity to record a lengthy oral history interview with Margaret Hamilton in connection with her 2017 CHM Fellows award. After careful review and annotation, the transcript and video of this oral history are now available online.
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