Happy Birthday, Grace Hopper!

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper certainly earned her nickname “Amazing Grace.” She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics, allowing her to join the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII to work on the Mark I computer. She also helped create the first compiler for computer languages and was the first female individual to receive the National Medal of Technology in 1991. She continues to be recognized as one of the most influential tech pioneers in history.

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  1. Deborah Hurley

    I am in awe of Grace Hopper and if anyone has not had a chance, they should read her biography Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age. She was so far ahead of her time and of course she was the recipient of a lot of criticism. Many people know that she was the inventor of COBOL and then they lose interest right there. Grace Hopper did so much more for IT, she was one of the original founders of ACM, and she continued throughout her career to champion the idea of openness (open source, collaboration, etc.). I admire her not only for her courage in her career but in her brilliance at predicting the future in technology.

    1. Haila Asanaenyi

      No kidding. I didn’t know that von Neumann was her contemporary. Thanks for suggesting the read. Here’s a good place to start on her biography: http://bit.ly/2mC36Ov

      It really does put her legacy in full perspective. Guess it takes some championing others for their work to see the light of day (read: Tesla vs. Edison)