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Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

Beyer, Kurt (Book - 2009 )
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A Hollywood biopic about the life of computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper(1906--1992) would go like this: a young professor abandons the ivy-covered walls of academia toserve her country in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and finds herself on the front lines of thecomputer revolution. She works hard to succeed in the all-male computer industry, is almost broughtdown by personal problems but survives them, and ends her career as a celebrated elder stateswomanof computing, a heroine to thousands, hailed as the inventor of computer programming. ThroughoutHopper's later years, the popular media told this simplified version of her life story. In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the InformationAge , Kurt Beyer reveals a more authentic Hopper, a vibrant and complex woman whose careerparalleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar computer industry. Both rebellious andcollaborative, Hopper was influential in male-dominated military and business organizations at atime when women were encouraged to devote themselves to housework and childbearing. Hopper'sgreatest technical achievement was to create the tools that would allow humans to communicate withcomputers in terms other than ones and zeroes. This advance influenced all future programming andsoftware design and laid the foundation for the development of user-friendly personalcomputers.
Authors: Beyer, Kurt
Title: Grace Hopper and the invention of the information age
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2009
Characteristics: xii, 389 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kurt Beyer
Contents: The myth of amazing Grace
The rebirth of Grace Murray Hopper
The origins of computer programming
The Harvard Computation Laboratory
The beginning of a computing community
The 1947 Harvard symposium on Large-Scale Digital Calculating Machinery
Staring into the abyss
The education of a computer
IBM answers Remington Rand's challenge
The development of problem-oriented languages
Distributed invention matures : Grace Hopper and the development of Cobol
Inventing the information age
ISBN: 026201310X
9780262013109
Branch Call Number: B-H797b 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Computer science United States History Women computer engineers United States Biography Hopper, Grace Murray
Topical Term: Computer science
Women computer engineers
LCCN: 2008044229
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