Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amazing Grace!

Grace Murray Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, c. 1960
Image from Wikipedia article linked below.
This is a video featuring Grace Hopper. She was one of those early women involved in computing. Her contributions were unbelievable! This is a bit of what here Wikipedia biography says about her...(See Grace Hopper) Lots of good stuff in The Innovators too! See this post.

Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navyrear admiral.[1] A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language.[2][3][4][5][6] 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 (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer). Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace".[7][8] The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.

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