On December 9th, Google celebrates the 107th Birthday of Grace Hopper with a nice animated Doodle.
Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. 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 conceptualized 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. The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 Hopper supercomputer at NERSC and also a study room at Chalmers University of Technology.
Movement Proposition by Kevin MacLeod
- History’s Hidden Heroes: Grace Hopper (geekgirlinlove.com)
- Before Gates and Jobs, There Was Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (aauw.org)
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing – Reflections (hastac.org)
- Last month, Corinne and I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration… (engineering.tumblr.com)
- Computing History (watsong230595.wordpress.com)