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Grace Murray Hopper 1906 - 1992 Grace Hopper graduated from Vassar College in 1928 with Phi Beta Kappa and a Vassar College Fellowship She went to Yale University where she earned an MA in 1930 and a PhD in 1934 She also went to New York University as a Vassar Faculty Fellow in 1941 In December 1943 she was sworn in and in May 1944 she joined the U S Naval Reserve and attended the USNR Midshipman School Later she was commissioned as a Lieutenant and ordered to the Bureau of Ordinance Computation Project at Harvard this is where she learned to program computers In 1946 she went to inactive duty then was recalled to active duty August 1967 She was appointed on 8 November 1983 as Commodore the title of that grade changed to Rear Admiral on November 1985 She also was a senior mathematician at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corp in Philadelphia and programed the UNIVAC I the first commercial large-scale electronic computer She stayed untill when it was bought by Remington Rand and latter merged with Sperry Corporation At her retirement ceremony aboard the USS Constitution in Boston Navy Secretary John F Lehmann Jr presented Admiral Hopper with the Distinguished Service Medal More than 40 colleges and universities have conferred honorary degrees on Admiral Hopper and she has been honored by her on several occasions She was the recipient of the first Computer Sciences Man of the Year award presented by the Data Processing Management Association Her entry in Whos Who requires 34 lines to thumbnail her accomplishments appointments and honors Grace Murray Hopper spent a lot of time tring to prove that something thats never been done before isnt impossible This lead Hopper to invent the first computer compiler in 1952 This software made the first automatic programming of computer language easier Before programmers had to write lengthy instructions in binary code for every new piece of software Because binary
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