Grace Hopper

Computer Scientist

1906 – 1992

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Who was Grace Hopper?

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 is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.

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Born
Dec 9, 1906
New York City
Also known as
  • Grace Murray Hopper
  • Amazing Grace
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
  • Vassar College
  • Wardlaw-Hartridge School
Employment
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Jan 1, 1992
Arlington County
Resting place
Arlington National Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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