There’s a bug in the computer!

by techtiptom

Originally posted on WIBC.com on 07/24/2009:

In 1946 Grace Hopper detected a problem with an Eniac computer at the University of Pennsylvania. Investigation uncovered an insect lodged within the computer causing the malfunction. Hopper’s exclamation, “There’s a bug in the computer,” coined a new word for computer error.

Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a remarkable woman who grandly rose to the challenges of programming the first computers. During her lifetime as a leader in the field of software development concepts, she contributed to the transition from primitive programming techniques to the use of sophisticated compilers. She believed that “we’ve always done it that way” was not necessarily a good reason to continue to do so.

Grace Hopper was one of the pioneers in the development of the electronic computer. She is probably the only mathematician to have a warship named after her.

Learn more about this outstanding Woman of Science at:

http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html

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