Margaret Hamilton: lead software engineer on Project Apollo

In case you may be wondering, Project Apollo was the project that successfully put men on the Moon. Doing so would have been impossible without computers; this was literally beyond the capability of humans and sliderules. Today the computers used on Apollo seem incredibly primitive but they required a lot of programming and Margaret Hamilton led the team that delivered some of the most reliable software ever.

The photo at the top of the linked article shows her standing next to the printout of all the code for Apollo, which should give you an idea of the scale of the task>

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