December 9, 1906

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

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper American Mathematician and Rear Admiral is born.

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper American mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who was a pioneer in developing computer technology, helping to devise UNIVAC I, the first commercial electronic computer, and naval applications for COBOL (common-business-oriented language).  (See Grace Hopper | Biography & Facts |

She received 37 honorary degrees. On August 14, 1986 she retired (involuntarily) from the Navy. In 1991 she became the first woman honored with the National Medal of Technology. This award recognized her as someone who spent half a century keeping the United States on the leading edge of technology. President Bush gave her this award.

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