Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906-1992) was a pioneer in computer sciences and a naval officer (she retired as a Rear Admiral). She received a master’s degree in mathematics (1930) and a Ph.D. in mathematics (1934) from Yale. One of the first three modern “programmers,” Hopper is best known for her trailblazing contributions to the development of computer languages. Brilliant, irreverent, and an organizational and educational leader, she left her mark on the academy and enjoyed long and influential careers in both the U.S. Navy and the private sector.