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Grace Hopper’s 107th Birthday

By Ellen Rank

12/11/13

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Did you see Monday’s Google doodle? Thinking about innovation, experimentation and failing forward lately it caught my eye. Seems like these are long honored methods that were practiced and encouraged by Google Doodle honoree: Grace Hopper (1906-1992), an amazing woman, US Navy Admiral and a pioneer in computer science. Hopper developed the first working compiler and developed COBOL, a programming language still in use today.

As an educator I was inspired by one of her quotes:

The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young people. They come to me, you know, and say, “Do you think we can do this?” I say, “Try it.” And I back ’em up. They need that. I keep track of them as they get older and I stir ’em up at intervals so they don’t forget to take chances.

 

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