Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper


Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and the United States Navy rear admiral born on December 9, 1906, In New York, U.S.

Family Background:

She was the daughter of Walter Fletcher Murray and Mary Campbell Van Horne Murray. She had two siblings.

Personal Life:

Grace had been married to Vincent Foster Hopper but the couple had divorced in 1945. They had no children.


She had attended the ‘Hartridge School’ in New Jersey for preparatory education. At the age of 16, She had been rejected at the ‘Vassar College’, because of her lacking marks in Latin. The next year, Grace had been accepted and got her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics, when she had completed her graduation in 1928. In 1930, She had received her Master’s degree in Mathematics from the “Yale University”.


She had worked in Vassar till 1943 when she had been joined the United States Naval Reserve to serve her country during wartime. In the next year, Grace had been commissioned as a lieutenant. She had been assigned a project of ‘Bureau of Ordinance Computation Project’ in Harvard presenting her the chance to work in the university’s ‘Cruft Laboratories’ on Mark computers. In 1949, Grace had joined ‘Eckert-Mauchly Corporation’ and had been given the position of Senior Mathematician. During her years in Remington Rand, She had been in charge of the programming of UNIVAC. In 1952, Her team had been responsible for creating the first compiler for computers. In 1967, Grace had taken a leave from ‘Sperry Corporation’ in to serve in the Navy. Later in the same year, She had been called to serve as a leader in ‘Naval Data Automation Command’. After ten years of that, Hopper had been the “Director of Navy Programming Languages Group”. In 1973, She had been promoted to the position of Captain. In 1986, Hopper had retired as a rear admiral. She had been the oldest serving officer in service.

On the new year’s day on January 1st, 1992, The famous computer scientist breathed her last, in Arlington, Virginia.

Unknown Facts:

  • She had also known as Amazing Grace.
  • Her full name was Grace Brewster Murray Hopper.

Master Stroke:

  • For her outstanding work in the field of computers, Grace had been known as the ‘Amazing Grace’. She had also received the nickname Grandma COBOL for leading COBOL’s development.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1988, She had received the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award.
  • In 1991, She had received the National Medal Of Technology And Innovation
  • American Campaign Medal.

What can we learn from Her??

Like Grace Hopper, Always Be Curious. Believe in Yourself and Stay Committed to Your Own Truth.

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