007- Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper’s work with computers helped NASA communicate with Apollo astronauts, and still helps scientists keep track of far-flung spacecraft.
  • Grace Brewster Murray was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City.
  • The first winner of “Computer Science Man of the Year” award from the Data Processing Management Association in 1969
  • Awarded 40 honorary degrees from universities
  • First person from the United States and the first woman from any country to be made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society in 1973
  • First woman to receive the National Medal of Technology as an individual in 1991

 

[Grace Hopper appears to be] ‘all Navy’, but when you reach inside, you find a ‘Pirate’ dying to be released” Jay Elliot, author

Grace Hopper Quotes:

“Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, “We’ve always done it this way.” I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise””

“We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.”

“To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.”

“A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.”

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