Grace Murray (Hopper) was born in New York City on 9 December 1906. She
graduated from Vassar College in 1928 and received a PhD in Mathematics from
Yale University in 1934. She was a member of the Vassar faculty from 1931 to
1943, when she joined the Naval Reserve. Commissioned a Lieutenant (Junior
Grade) 1944, she was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance and immediately became involved in the development of the then-embryonic electronic computer. Over more than four decades to follow, she was in the forefront of computer and
programming language progress.
Leaving active duty after the war's end, Dr. Hopper was a member of
the Harvard University faculty and, from 1949, was employed in private industry.
She retained her Naval Reserve affiliation, attaining the rank of Commander
before retiring at the end of 1966. In August 1967, Commander Hopper was
recalled to active duty and assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations' staff as
Director, Navy Programming Languages Group. She was promoted to Captain in 1973, Commodore in 1983 and Rear Admiral in 1985, a year before she retired from the Naval service. She remained active in industry and education until her death on 1 January 1992.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
That's All I Got To Say About That
I'll just say this about that and then let it go. I'd like to see him tell this sailor that she had no place in the military.