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Margaret Hamilton ’58 —
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Margaret H. Hamilton ’58 — a computer scientist who helped create the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo and Skylab missions and the Space Shuttle — received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, 2016.  Read More →

· Video of the Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation

"On behalf of the entire Earlham community, I congratulate Margaret Hamilton on this incredible and well deserved honor. Margaret is a wonderful example of what we hope for all Earlhamites: that they will be able to use their intelligence, multidisciplinary interests, curiosity and innovative spirit to contribute to positive change in the world. In particular, she is an inspiration to young women scientists who can look at her as a reminder for what is possible. Her incredible accomplishments make us all proud to be Earlhamites." 

— Earlham President David Dawson

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