The Life and Times of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Few academics, Naval officers and engineers have achieved as much as Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.


In her 60 year career, she earned many titles and is remembered as not only a trailblazer for women in tech but one of the most important engineers of the 20th century.


Storagepipe Solutions has provided a timeline of Hopper’s incredible career in the below infographic. The more you learn about Hopper, it becomes clear that much of the technology we use today simply would not exist without her work.


Hopper was born in New York City in 1906, and completed her PhD in mathematics from Yale in 1934. She spent the next 10 years working as a computer science professor at Vassar until joining the U.S. Navy in 1943. This would mark the beginning of her long-standing career in the Navy, which earned her the titles of Commander, Captain, a presidential appointment of Commodore and Rear Admiral – Lower Half.


Just a year after enlisting, Hopper was put to work on the Mark I computer at Harvard, the first computer in America. In this time Hopper also lead a team that solved an equation to make the atomic bomb function – in just three months.


Hopper’s work on computers didn’t end there, however. She went on to invent software for UNIVAC I, the first computer produced for commercial use, which transformed complex source code into binary code. Additionally, she helped to create COBOL, a programming language for businesses.


Between 1966 and 1973, Hopper attempted to retire from the Navy, only to be called back twice for being absolutely essential to its operations. In fact, Hopper Hall, the first military academy building named after a woman, is set to be complete in 2019 so her memory can continue to live on in the U.S. military.
Check out the below infographic to learn more about Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.