Grace Hopper

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Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (9 December 19061 January 1992) U.S. Naval officer, and an early computer programmer; developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language.

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  • From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.
  • To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.
    • Sloan School of Management (1962). Management and the Computer of the Future, p. 277, Wiley.
  • A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
    • Tropp, Henry S. (Fall 1984). "Grace Hopper: The Youthful Teacher of Us All". Abacus 2 (1): p. 18. ISSN 0724-6722.
  • I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, "What are you?"
  • In total desperation, I called over to the engineering building, and I said, "Please cut off a nanosecond and send it over to me."
    • On demonstrating a billionth of a second of electricity travel with a piece of wire, in an interview on 60 Minutes (24 August 1986)
  • At the end of about a week, I called back and said, "I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?"
    • On demonstrating a billionth of a second of electricity travel with a piece of wire, in an interview on 60 Minutes (24 August 1986)
  • Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
    • (March/April 1987). "The Wit and Wisdom of Grace Hopper". OCLC Newsletter (167). ISSN 0163-898X.
  • I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. […] they carefully told me, computers could only do arithmetic; they could not do programs.
    • Billings, Charlene W. (1989). Grace Hopper: Navy Admiral and Computer Pioneer, p. 74, Enslow. ISBN 089490194X.

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From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.
  • I've always been more interested in the future than in the past.
  • The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
    • Possibly quoted in Computer Networks, 1st. ed (1981), by Andrew Tanenbaum, p. 168, without attribution.
    • Explicitly attributed (without source) in The UNIX-HATERS Handbook (1994), by Simon Garfinkel, Daniel Weise, Steven Strassmann (editors), p. 9.
  • The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way."
  • You manage things, you lead people.

Quote about Grace Hopper

  • On COBOL: "But Grace, then anyone will be able to write programs!"

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