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Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

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Connecting Standard: AP World History

Period 6.1  Science and the Environment



Grace Hopper was a computer pioneer, naval officer, and an innovator who earned herself a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale. She is best known for her trailblazing contributions to computer programming, software development, and the design and implementation of programming languages. Her other contributions include working on the first ever computer and her ability of coding. (Brendan Lee, April 2022)


Grace Hopper Google Doodle



external image Commodore_Grace_M._Hopper%2C_USN_%28covered%29.jpgBiography (1906-1996)

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper: Pioneer Computer Scientist, from San Diego Supercomputer Center

Grace Hopper, Computing Pioneer, Harvard Gazette (December 2014)


Grace Hopper from National Women's History Museum


Grace Hopper (Women's Hall of Fame)



Worked on the first computer, Harvard Mark I

Headed the team that led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language


Grace Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, 1960
Grace Hopper at the UNIVAC keyboard, 1960



Computer Programming Used to be Women's Work, Smithsonian (October 7, 2013)

Oral History of Captain Grace Hopper, December 1980 from the Computer History Museum



Romanian stamp, 2013


Romanian stamp, 2013

Multimedia Resources


Here is a quick youtube video outlining Hopper's life and accomplishments.

Grace Hopper's Appearance on the David Letterman Show when she was 80 years old

Grace Hopper to Programmers: Mind Your Nanoseconds!

The Queen of Code from FiveThirtyEight (January 28, 2015)


 Grace Hopper lecture  (Grace Hopper's lecture given at MIT Lincoln)


Author Kurt Beyer Discusses his Book: Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age


Grace Murray Hopper Collection


      • A photo collection of Grace Hopper throughout the years


USS Grace Hopper Guided Missile Destroyer


 Teaching and Learning Resources

Grace Hopper Debugging Activity

Click here for entry on USS Hopper, a guided missile destroyer named after Grace Hopper.

Go here for the website of The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing




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