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#Techspiration - Grace Hopper

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Ever wondered where the term 'bug' comes from when referring to a computer malfunction? Well we have today’s #Techspiration to thank for that.

To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper and colleagues at UNIVAC

Background

What makes here great

Prior to language based computer programming, computers relied on binary code which was notoriously difficult to decipher.

Grace believed that if computers could be programmed in English it would make programming accessible to more people. She helped to create early English programming languages and was dubbed the ‘Queen of Software’. She also helped to develop common business-orientated languages that are still used to create business programmes today.

Why is she a Techspiration to Claritas?

Grace Hopper is a #Techspiration to us because her ingenuity led to computer programme languages that could be used to make computers that are accessible to all of us. Her contributions to computer science benefited academia, industry and the military.

There aren’t many people who can claim to have had so many achievements in their lifetime.

Our favourite quote

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.