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BIBLIOGRAPHY AT THE END OF THE TEXT Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was born on December 9 1906 in New York New York to the proud parents Walter and Mary Van Horn Murray She would become the oldest of three children to grow up in a strong Baptist based house Her father who was an accountantinsurance broker always knew his little Gracie would take after him He was proved right when Graces first words were actually numbers One of her mothers favorite stories to tell was about how one day Grace suddenly blurted out Seven Her mother always continued that story jokingly with how she would have preferred Grace never speak for that was the beginning of an obsession with numbers and machines Ironically at the age of seven Grace took apart every alarm clock in the house to see how they worked When her father arrived home and saw what she had done she calmly explained not to worry because she had already reassembled them once She was definitely the only child in the family to appreciate math Her mother would pay her a nickel if she could tackle and sit on her brother long enough to get him to complete his algebra assignments It didnt take long for her to realize that she could earn the reward of a dime if shed leave him alone Her world was very peaceful and happy as a child Her family lived in the country and she actually enjoyed doing her chores Grace especially loved roaming the woods trying to find a good spot to set up a trap That meant she could build something She and her siblings would spend their summers at their cousins cottage on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro New Hampshire They would play kick-the-can hide-and-seek and cops-and-robbers Her favorite was kick-the-can because she was able to build a catapult to play along with them After an incident where it went haywire on her
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