Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is a special hero to me. As a computer science major in the 1970’s, female role models were few and far between. In addition to all her other accomplishments, she was instrumental in the development of COBOL, and I had a COBOL job programming for the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Registrar back in 1972. So, in a way, she helped me pay for college!
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Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
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Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was a U.S. Naval officer and a pioneering computer programmer. Among other accomplishments, Admiral Hopper was instrumental in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. Here’s another fun fact: she was the first to use the term “debugging” for removing glitches (or bugs) from computer instructions. The very first computer bug was, in fact, a moth. Read more about “Amazing Grace” at this week’s web picks.
60 Minutes: Grace Hopper: She Taught Computers to Talk
“Believe it or not, the world of computers didn’t begin with Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Back in 1983, Morley Safer sat down with 76-year-old U.S. Navy Captain Grace Hopper who, at the time, had the distinction of being the oldest woman in the Armed Forces. But that was far from the only reason she merited a 60 Minutes profile.” Visit to watch Safer’s four-minute interview with Hopper.
Amazing Women in History: Admiral “Amazing Grace” Hopper
This one-page Amazing Women biography about “Amazing Grace” includes lots of quotes and photos, as well as a bibliography. “Her belief that programming languages should be as easily understood as English was highly influential on the development of one of the first programming languages called COBOL. It is largely due to Grace Hopper’s influence that programmers use “if/thens” instead of 1s and 0s today.”
Biography: Grace Hopper
After receiving her PhD in mathematics from Yale in 1934, Hopper became an associate professor at Vassar. During World War II, she left Vassar and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, where she was assigned to a computer project at Harvard University, and learned to program. Visit this Biography channel site to read more about Hopper’s career and “amazing” accomplishments.
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“When somebody has learned how to program a computer … You’re joining a group of people who can do incredible things. They can make the computer do anything they can imagine.” ~~ Tim Berners-Lee ~~ (b. June 8, 1955) British computer scientist known for inventing the World Wide Web. Check out more quotes from Tim Berners-Lee here.
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