Argonne National Laboratory

The remarkable career of a pioneering computational scientist

TitleThe remarkable career of a pioneering computational scientist
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPieper, G, McInness, LCurfman
JournalSIAM News
Start Page2
Date Published11/2013
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P5035-1113

Margaret Butler, the first woman named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, of which she was also an Honorary Lifetime Member, passed away in Illinois on March 8, 2013, at the age of 89. Deeply involved in the mathematics and numerical computations for the design of the Navy’s first nuclear submarine reactor, Margaret subsequently became part of the logical design team for several early computers at Argonne National Laboratory. She later headed the first operating system used at Argonne for the IBM 704, was leader of the Applications Programming Section in Argonne’s Applied Mathematics Division, and served as the director of the National Energy Software Center. Margaret was widely recognized for her contributions to computer architecture and programming, benchmarking and performance measurement, and software standards. She remains an inspiration to anyone interested in working in the computational sciences.