Those of you not involved with computers will wonder what made Admiral
Hopper worthy of a Google day. I had the very great privilege of meeting
and talking to her several times. She's worth a Google month at least.
This was one heck of a person back when women were supposed to be
housewives. The Wikipedia page gives details:
but aside from its mention of "Amazing Grace" it's full of facts and not
She was already in her 60s when I met her. My first impression was how
alive she was. Full of energy and extremely intelligent. Also one heck
of a nice person. She was more proud of her navy career than of her
computer accomplishments. IIRC, her father was also in the Navy.
The Google animation ends with a moth flying out of the computer. Grace
has the honor of discovering the very first computer "bug", a moth that
created a short. The fried carcass was taped into the log book for the
I met her at computer society meetings and various conventions. Often I
was the only other person around that had worked on Univac (software, not
hardware) so it was easy to get a conversation going - when she wasn't
surrounded by younger admirers.
The article mentions her famous "nanoseconds" - I've still got one of
those somewhere. It didn't mention that she also hauled around a
microsecond - about 1000 feet of wire. She joked that the phone company
wouldn't give her enough wire for a millisecond.
When she finally retired for good, they held the ceremony on "Old
I could probably keep this up for another page or two, but suffice it to
say I can't remember anyone who impressed me as much as Grace Hopper.
She was the epitome of "one of a kind".
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