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Dr Grace Murray Hopper was born on December 9 1906 As a child Grace Hopper enjoyed learning about machines technology and other countries cultures Following her mothers love for mathematics and her fathers love for literature Grace had high expectations for herself Family life was large influence as she grew up from the close relationship she had with her grandfather a surveyor in New York City she learned about real life at a young age Her father Walter Fletcher Murray was a successful insurance broker also taught Grace the importance of a good education to succeed in life Her mother Mary Campbell Horne Murray perused a career in geometry by special arrangement even though it was not an encouraged job for women at this time Graces great-grandfather Alexander Russel inspired her interest in the Navy Russel had been a rear admiral for the US Navy a position Grace also filled in her lifetime Graces parents were progressive in their views of education for females firmly certifying Graces pursuit of higher learning Her father believed that Grace deserved a college education as much as his son did and with the coming of the depression he thought it overbearing in order to secure a job in desperate economic times To that end Grace attended Vassar College in 1924 and quickly distinguished herself there in the disciplines of science specifically mathematics and physics She graduated in 1928 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a Vassar College Fellowship and with that scholarship financed continued graduate study in math at Yale University earning there an MA in 1930 and a PhD in 1934 as well as two Sterling Scholarships and an election to Sigma Xi It was also during that time that Grace married Vincent Hopper an English teacher from New York University After the outbreak of World War II Grace enlisted in the Navy despite the disapproval of female cadets With a Wanting to follow her Grandfathers footsteps Grace
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