Grace Hopper “Grandma COBOL” dons Google Doodle glory

Dec 9, 2013
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Google has made quite a name for themselves in the internet world through their re-configuration of title logo they call the Google Doodle. Today, for example, they've made a beautiful illustration - an animated illustration, at that - of none other than Grace Hopper. This Naval Officer was an early computer engineer, having lead the team that created COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) and lead the charge to have computers communicate with code, or language, instead of simple numbers.

Hopper was also the origin of the term "debugging", having actually - literally - found a bug in a computer and reported it as such. This moth is still on display today at the U.S. Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va. with notes from its removal.

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You'll find Hopper having retired and re-joined the military several times in her lifetime, having also worked for private firms like the Digital Equipment Corporation. She did a rather entertaining interview with David Letterman back after one of the first time she retired - you'll be able to see this chat in the YouTube video below.

Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Navy's Mark I computer as well. She worked on the UNIVAC I computer, and attained the ranks of captain, commodore, and rear admiral, attaining the same rank as her great grandfather before she retired a final time.


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