1984 Photograph, Department of the Navy.


Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (USN) was one of the leaders in the field of systems programming and software development.

She graduated from Vassar College with a BA in mathematics and physics in 1928. While an instructor at Vassar, she earned an MA in 1930 and a PhD in 1934 at Yale, one of four women in a doctoral program of ten students.

In 1930, she married Vincent Foster Hopper, who died during World War II.

She joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1943 and was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University, where she worked at Harvard’s Cruft Laboratories on the Mark series of computers. In 1949 she joined the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, subsequently the Sperry Corporation, as a senior mathematician, while still a consultant and lecturer for the United States Naval Reserve.

After retirement from the Navy in 1986, she became a senior consultant to Digital Equipment Corporation, and continued working well into her eighties.

I was fortunate enough to work with Grace on several projects during my time in the United States Air Force and my stint at D.E.C. And yes, I still have my very own Grace Hopper ‘Nanosecond.’

There is no room to do justice to all she did and accomplished in this blog. For more information, please follow this link.