“A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.”


Grace Murray Hopper 1906 – 1992
Grace was recruited from the Navy to work on the first computer in the United States. A former professor of mathematics at Vassar, she was able to build the first compiler to translate mathematical notation into machine code. She conceptualized the idea of computer programming languages and developed the first modern computer programming language. She was awarded the highest non-combat medal by the Department of Defense, the Defense Distinguish Service Medal. A US Navy Destroyer, USS Hopper, is named after her. She was referred to as “Amazing Grace,” for her genius, and was given a full military burial at Arlington National Cemetery.