Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)

Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)

Kurt W. Beyer


A Hollywood biopic concerning the lifetime of computing device pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906--1992) may cross like this: a tender professor abandons the ivy-covered partitions of academia to serve her nation within the military after Pearl Harbor and unearths herself at the entrance strains of the pc revolution. She works challenging to reach the all-male machine undefined, is sort of introduced down through own difficulties yet survives them, and ends her profession as a celebrated elder stateswoman of computing, a heroine to millions, hailed because the inventor of laptop programming. all through Hopper's later years, the preferred media advised this simplified model of her existence tale. In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer unearths a extra actual Hopper, a colourful and intricate girl whose occupation paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar computing device undefined. either rebellious and collaborative, Hopper used to be influential in male-dominated army and enterprise agencies at a time whilst girls have been inspired to commit themselves to house responsibilities and childbearing. Hopper's maximum technical success was once to create the instruments that may permit people to speak with desktops in phrases except ones and zeroes. This boost inspired all destiny programming and software program layout and laid the basis for the advance of ordinary own computers.

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