Ten fun facts about Grace Murray Hopper
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A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.
She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages.
She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches.
Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace".Fact 5
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.Fact 6
She was curious as a child, a lifelong trait.Fact 7
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar in 1928 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics and earned her master's degree at Yale University in 1930.Fact 8
She was married to New York University professor Vincent Foster Hopper (1906–76) from 1930 until their divorce in 1945. She never remarried, and she kept his surname.Fact 9
From 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy's Office of Information Systems Planning and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1973.Fact 10
In the 1970s, Hopper advocated for the Defense Department to replace large, centralized systems with networks of small, distributed computers. Go to more people facts ❯
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