Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) was a pioneer in the fields of computer programming. She developed the first computer programming language compiler, work that led to the development of COBOL. Although she is often credited with originating the term "bug" to describe a computer problem, she acknowledged that the term was already in use when she found a moth and offered it as the first example of an actual insect causing a computer bug. Admiral Hopper was much admired as a technologist and teacher, and is a popular role model for women interested in computing.
The Queen of Code
In 2014 FiveThirtyEight commissioned a documentary about Grace Hopper, called "The Queen of Code", to be directed by Gillian Jacobs (known as the actor who played Britta on the TV show Community).
The video was released in January 2015 as part of FiveThirtyEight's "Signals" series and can be viewed online.
Impact and legacy
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference