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Woman’s History Month. HRNROTC. Early Life and Eductation. B orn in New York City (1906) O ldest of three other siblings R ejected her first time for admission to Vassar College (at age 16) Received her bachelors in Math and Physics from Vassar in 1928 Received her Masters at Yale in 1930

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early life and eductation
Early Life and Eductation
  • Born in New York City (1906)
  • Oldest of three other siblings
  • Rejected her first time for admission to Vassar College (at age 16)
  • Received her bachelors in Math and Physics from Vassar in 1928
  • Received her Masters at Yale in 1930
  • In 1934, received Ph.D. in Math from Yale
other facts
Other Facts
  • Taught Math at Vassar from 1931-1949
  • She was married for 15 years, got divorced and never remarried.
naval service
Naval Service
  • Sworn into the Naval Reserves in 1943 in a program called “Waves”
  • Had to get a waiver for being 15 lbs. under minimum weight standards
  • Graduated first in her class at the Naval Reserve’s Midshipmen School at Smith College
  • She was assigned to the Bureau of Ships Computation Project at Harvard as a LtJG
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Naval Service (CONT)
  • Was declined to transfer to the regular Navy at the end of the war due to her age (38).
  • Continued to work at Harvard (in research) and turned down a full professorship at Vassar.
  • Retired as a Commander in 1966
  • Was recalled to active duty in 1967, retired again in 71, and was recalled 6 months later
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Naval Service (CONT)
  • Promoted to Captain in ‘73 by ADM Zumwalt
  • She appeared on 60 minutes in March ‘83.
  • A House of Representatives member saw the show and wrote a bill that led to her promotion to Commodore (renamed Rear Admiral in 1985)
  • She was forced to retire in 1986 at age 79.
hopper s impact
Hopper’s Impact
  • Helped develop one of the world’s first compilers.
  • Developed some of the first automatic programming languages (including COBOL)
  • Pioneered the implementation of standards for testing computer systems and components (adopted by the NIST, still in use)
  • Is credited for coining the term “debugging.”
grace hopper
Grace Hopper
  • Received a standing ovation at almost every lecture she ever gave. She would pass out a wire to each listener to demonstrate a nanosecond. Always wore her dress uniform.
  • Awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal as well as the National Medal of Technology.
famous quote
Famous Quote

"It\'s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission.“ –Grace Hopper