Celebrating Women in STEM: Grace Hopper

Rear Admirable Grace Hopper (1906 to 1992)

  • American Computer Scientist and United States Navy Rear Admirable
  • One of the first computer programmers
  • Had a PhD in Mathematics from Yale University
  • Began her computing career in 1944 at Harvard
  • Popularized the idea of machine-independent learning programming languages
  • Coined the term “de-bugging” after she found a moth stuck in one of her computers that was impeding the program from working properly. Hence the term “Computer Bug”.
  • There is an annual conference held in her honor every year that celebrates women in computer science and engineering