Discoveries: Grace Hopper, the ‘Queen of Code’

I missed Woman’s Day last Sunday, so here is a wonderful Tribute for Rear Admiral Grace Murray.

if i may be so BOLD

In an interview with Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper in the 80s, David Letterman asks her how she knew so much about computers at the time. Her response?

“I didn’t. It was the first one.”

The audience explodes with laughter. Hopper’s honesty and quick wit shine at that moment.

For a woman who didn’t know much about computers when she first entered the Navy Reserve, Hopper made tremendous advances in the world of computer programming.

She left her position as a professor at Vassar College and entered the Navy at 37-years-old.She was one of many women who joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), a program created in 1942 calling for women to join military personnel during World War II.

While in the Navy she worked on the first programmable computer in the United States, Mark I, at Harvard.

Secretary of the Navy John Lehman (right)…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 11, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Thumbs up! Thank you for this one.

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  2. I enjoyed this so, so much. Thanks for reblogging it.

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  3. Wow! Intelligent and a sense of humour! What a woman.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this about Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper – a treasure!

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  5. What an excellent response by Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.
    A very astute lady.
    Cheers.

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  6. ps Her joke about Ronnie was great!!!

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  7. She hit it right on the head… Everyone was together for WWII. Heckuva a lady.

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  8. Pleased to see they named a ship for her, what better recognition for someone who devoted their life and service to their country’s navy. And not any old ship a “Destroyer”, a fair dinkum warship!

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  9. She is an inspiration. More of our elementary school girls who are trying coding should hear about Hopper.

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  10. What a wonderful interview!

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  11. Absolutely loved watching her and Letterman. Laughed at the pocket version of the first computer:) Smiling at nano seconds. Grace is sure a treasure. Thanks for re-blogging it, Everett!

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  12. A quite remarkably talented lady. I love the bit about computers not understanding English!

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  13. Wonderful!! Like you I want to share it!

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  14. That was fun!

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  15. An amazing woman…in so many ways.

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  16. What a wonderful post about Grace Hopper, a legend.

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