As an IT professional and former computer programmer in one of the world's most male-dominated fields, I would like to salute the woman who may well have been the most influential person in this industry's history.
A partial list of her accomplishments:
- 1969 – She won the first "man of the year" award from the Data Processing Management Association.
- 1971 – The annual "Grace Murray Hopper Award for Outstanding Young Computer Professionals" was established in 1971 by the Association for Computing Machinery.
- 1973 – She became the first person from the United States and the first woman of any nationality to be made a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.
- 1986 – Upon her retirement she received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
- 1987 – She became a Computer History Museum Fellow Award Recipient.
- 1988 – She received the Golden Gavel Award at the Toastmasters International convention in Washington, DC.
- 1991 – She received the National Medal of Technology.
- 1996 – USS Hopper (DDG-70) was launched. Nicknamed Amazing Grace, it is on a very short list of U.S. military vessels named after women.
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, thank you for your service.