Have you ever taken something apart to see how it works? As a child, Grace Hopper took apart five alarm clocks in a row, trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. As an adult, she joined the Naval Reserve during World War II and worked on the world's first large-scale computer.
After the war, Hopper served on a committee organized by the Department of Defense to create a standard computer language. That language, Common Business-Oriented Language, or COBOL, quickly became popular. How did a curious little girl grow up to become the "Grandmother of COBOL"? Learn how her outstanding innovations changed the field of computer programming.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Love of Learning 4
Chapter 2 The Mark Computers 8
Chapter 3 A Computer Revolution 14
Chapter 4 Computers in Business 18
Chapter 5 A Short Retirement 24
Source Notes 30
Further Information 31