It’s an exciting week in the world of tech. First, today is the birthday of Grace Hopper. Ms. Hopper, who would have been 107 today, helped create one of the first modern programing languages, COBOL. In 1945, Hopper was responsible for coining a term that you simultaneously hate and that pays your bills. From TIME:
Hopper is credited with coining the term “bug in the system” because of the time she actually found a bug in a computer. As TIME described it in 1984:
She gets credit for coining the name of a ubiquitous computer phenomenon: the bug. In August 1945, while she and some associates were working at Harvard on an experimental machine called the Mark I, a circuit malfunctioned. A researcher using tweezers located and removed the problem: a 2-in. long moth. Hopper taped the offending insect into her logbook. Says she: “From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.”
(The moth is still under tape along with records of the experiment at the U.S. Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va.)
Hopper also served in the Navy Reserves for decades and earned the rank of Rear Admiral. Plus, she has a Google Doodle dedicated to her today (in addition to the US destroyer and a supercomputer named for her).
Today also kicks off the beginning of Computer Science Education Week (planned to coincide with Hopper’s birthday).
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.
Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).