There is a book about her, now, but it’s not particularly well-written; I think its author tried a bit too hard. But it’s a quick, light read. I hate the title: Rocket Girl. [amz]
Trigger warning: war and death, death imagery
Dickey Chapelle died when I was a kid and the news of her death was how “war photographer” entered my mental landscape. When I was a kid and started getting interested in military history, I was mostly inclined toward the Napoleonic Wars because of the gorgeous uniforms and the amazing paintings by Meissonier and David (I spent a lot of time at the Musee Des Invalides…)
Margaret Hamilton’s impact on computing would be hard to overstate. For one thing, I nearly wrote “impact on software engineering” but apparently that’s a term she had a lot to do with promoting, during her tenure at NASA.
This one’s a bit tough. Hanna Reitsch was simultaneously a very complicated, and a very simple person: she loved to fly and would pretty much love anyone who let her fly – and the person who gave her airplanes was Hitler.
But, holy shit, could she fly.