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 in regards to the lifetime of machine pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906--1992) may move like this: a tender professor abandons the ivy-covered partitions of academia to serve her nation within the military after Pearl Harbor and reveals herself at the entrance traces of the pc revolution. She works challenging to achieve the all-male laptop 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 hundreds of thousands, hailed because the inventor of machine programming. all through Hopper's later years, the preferred media advised this simplified model of her lifestyles tale. In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer finds a extra actual Hopper, a colourful and complicated girl whose profession paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar computing device undefined. either rebellious and collaborative, Hopper was once influential in male-dominated army and company enterprises at a time whilst girls have been inspired to dedicate themselves to housekeeping and childbearing. Hopper's maximum technical success used to be to create the instruments that will enable people to speak with desktops in phrases except ones and zeroes. This strengthen motivated all destiny programming and software program layout and laid the root for the advance of straight forward own computers.

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