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Published Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 5:57 AM EST
Dec 09 2011

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (motivated by an actual moth removed from the computer). Because of the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace." The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) was named for her. (Wikipedia)

Rear Admiral Hopper was profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes in 1982, a year after the introduction of the IBM Personal Computer, but before microcomputers were in widespread use.

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

For the rest of your life, every time you say “We've always done it that way,” my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours.

It's much easier to apologize sometimes than it is to get permission.

Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.

You cannot manage a man into combat; you must lead him. You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.

It's something you learn in your first boot camp or training camp. If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep.


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