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The Life and Career of Grace Hopper

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Transcript of The Life and Career of Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper Overview Grace Hopper formed the foundation
of modern computer language as we
know it. Her extraordinary talents were
what made computers the key components
of our every day lives. Grace Hopper was a curious child. In an attempt to discover how alarm clocks worked, she dismantled seven clocks. She was not accepted into Vassar College her first year (due to low Latin scores) at first, but they accepted her the following year. She recieved her Master's from Yale in 1930 and her mathematics Ph. D in 1934. In 1930 she married Vincent Foster Hopper. They divorced in 1946, but she kept his surname. Childhood and Education Military Career In 1943, Hopper joined the WAVES (United States Naval Reserve). She was trained at Smith College, MA, and graduated first in her class in 1944. She worked in the Bureau of Ships Communication Project on the Mark I computer programming staff. Hopper began working for the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (later the Remington Rand corporation) in 1949 as a senior mathematician. She finished in 1952. In 1954, her department was responsible for some of the first computer languages (namely FLOW-MATIC, ARITH-MATIC, and MATH-MATIC). Work on UNIVAC Fun Facts Grace Hopper coined the term "debugging" when a moth got stuck in the Mark II relay.
""The most important thing I’ve accomplished,
other than building the compiler, is training young people.
They come to me, you know, and say, 'Do you think we can do this?'
I say, 'Try it.' And I back ‘em up. They need that. I keep
track of them as they get older and I stir ‘em up
at intervals so they don’t forget to take chances." Memorable Quotes Honors and Awards 1996: inaugural "computer sciences man of the year" award from Data Processing Management Association
1971: Grace Murray Hopper Award for Outstanding Young Computer Professionals was established by the Association for Computing Machinery.
1973: became the first person from the United States and the first woman of any nationality to be made a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society
1986: received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal
1987: received Computer History Museum Fellow Award
1988: received the Golden Gavel Award at the Toastmasters International convention
1991: received the National Medal of Technology
1996: USS Hopper (DDG-70) launched
2001: Eavan Boland wrote "Code", a poem dedicated to Hopper
2009: Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center named its flagship system "Hopper" http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h96000/h96921.jpg
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