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At the age of seven, Grace Murray Hopper dismantled all of the alarm clocks in her parents' house just to figure out how they worked. This intellectual curiosity led her to a masters and Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University, and eventually earned her a place among the most important women inventors of the 20th century.
During World War II, Hopper joined the Navy. She was assigned to the Bureau of Ordinance Computation Project at Harvard University, where she became the third person to program the Harvard Mark I computer.
Following the war, Hopper worked as a programmer for Remington Rand. She was a major contributor to the first large-scale commercial computer – UNIVAC. Following this, she oversaw the company's endeavor to produce specifications for a common business language. From 1959-1961, Hopper led the team that developed COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software program.
A decorated woman inventor, Dr. Hopper received numerous accolades for her efforts, including the prestigious National Medal of Technology.