Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mother of Computers. (FFP)

Thursdays is my flash from my past posts.

Grace Hopper may not have the beauty of Audrey Hepburn, but she is a woman who revealutionized the computer world.

Born in New York, NY on December 9, 1906,

Grace Brewster Murray graduated from Vassar and Yale. She worked as an educator at Vassar until 1943.

After resigning her post with Vassar, she joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). Assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University, she was the third person to be assigned to the research group.

With the need to understand computer language, she jumped right in and started learning how to program the computer. She also wrote a manual to outline the fundamental operating principles of computing machines.

With no children and her marriaged over, Grace devoted herself to work and held down several jobs in the military, private industry and academe.

She held the title of Admiral Hopper and was one of the first software engineers in the computing world.

A credit to women everywhere, she was most proud of her service to her country. She died in January 7, 1992 and is buried in Arlington.

Information gained from.

http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html

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