Grace Hopper, subject of Monday’s Google Doodle, earned the nickname the “first lady of software” for her work as co-inventor of the computer language COBEL.
She joined the Navy to program for the armed forces branch, eventually earning the title of rear admiral. She also coined the word “bug” to describe problems with a computer program. When she retired in 1986, she was the country’s oldest active-duty military officer. The LA Times reported that she also earned the Defense Department’s highest honor, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
Famous quote: "The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’"
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