White House Honors Innovators with Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 30th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Nov. 22, President Obama awarded 21 Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These individuals ranged from engineers to artists.

This honor is reserved for individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Five made contributions in technology, and three of the five were women. One honoree was Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo command modules and lunar modules.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

White House Press Release