Grace Hopper

"I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. … they carefully told me, computers could only do arithmetic; they could not do programs."

December 9, 1906
January 1992
Birth Place
New York City, New York, United States of America
Current Place
Arlington, Virginia, United States of America


Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and was one of those who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages.

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