Birthday of Grace Murray Hopper | A woman that wrote history in the computer industry | Techday, December 9th
On this TECHDAY in history, on December 9th 1906, Grace Murray Hopper was born. She was part of the U.S. Navy, and one of the first women to be occupied in the computer industry.
She contributed to the operation of the Harvard Mark I and Mark II computers, and she was on the team that found the first computer bug (an actual moth), coining the term that came to be used for programming problems. She also developed one of the oldest compiler programs, the A-0, and a programming language, named COBOL.
Hopper was the inventor of the term “debugging” and popularized the concept of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today.
Hopper was also a pioneer in the field of data processing and was a major contributor to the development of computer technology and software engineering. In addition to her technical contributions, Hopper was also a leader in the field of computer science education, and was instrumental in establishing the discipline as a separate and distinct field of study.
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