- NAME: Grace Hopper
- OCCUPATION: Mathematician, Computer Programmer, Military Leader
- BIRTH DATE: December 09, 1906
- DEATH DATE: January 01, 1992
- Did You Know?: Grace Hopper became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University in 1934.
- Did You Know?: In 1952, Grace Hopper and her team created the first compiler for computer languages.
- Did You Know?: Grace Hopper became the first female individual recipient of the National Medal of Technology in 1991.
- Did You Know?: When she retired from the U.S. Navy in 1986, at age 79, Grace Hopper was the oldest serving officer in the service.
- Did You Know?: The USS Hopper, a naval ship that was commissioned in 1997, was named in Grace Hopper's honor.
- Did You Know?: Grace Hopper appeared on television with David Letterman in 1986, during which she explained nanoseconds and picoseconds to her host.
- EDUCATION: Vassar College, Yale University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Arlington, Virginia
- Full Name: Grace Brewster Murray Hopper
- Maiden Name: Grace Brewster Murray
- Nickname: Grandmother of Cobol
- Nickname: Grandma Cobol
- AKA: Grace Brewster Hopper
- Nickname: Amazing Grace
- AKA: Grace Hopper
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Computer programmer Grace Hopper helped develop a compiler that was a precursor to the widely used COBOL language and became a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
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She was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991—becoming the first female individual recipient of the honor. At the age of 85, she died in Arlington, Virginia, on January 1, 1992. She was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to her programming accomplishments,
Hopper's legacy includes encouraging young people to learn how to program. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women In Computing Conference is a technical conference that encourages women to become part of the world of computing, while the Association for Computing Machinery offers a Grace Murray Hopper Award. Additionally, on her birthday in 2013, Hopper was remembered with a "Google Doodle."
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