Grace Murray Hopper: Programming Pioneer By V. Rajaraman Analysis

In the article, “Grace Murray Hopper – Programming Pioneer”, author V. Rajaraman summarizes the life and accomplishments of Grace Murray Hopper, a woman who is credited for several major computer and technology developments. Rajaraman goes into extensive detail about Hopper’s early life, such as how Hopper focused heavily on her education in order to receive a PhD in Mathematics at Yale University which soon lead her to become a math professor at Vassar College. Rajaraman also mentions how Hopper tried to join the U.S. Navy, but with no prevail as women were banned from the Navy at the time. However, as the United States entered into World War II, a shortage of men lead the Navy to implement a program called the Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES) which allowed for Hopper to finally join the Navy.
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Orlando explains that because of Hopper’s “extraordinary career in computer science, software development, teaching, the military, and business management”, many people refer to Hopper as “Amazing Grace” (p.1). Orlando goes into detailed about how “Amazing Grace” developed her passion and motivation to pursue a career in the math and science field, a field in which many women were often discouraged from entering. Orlando explains that this drive came from Hopper’s parents, but especially her father, for “Grace admired him for his fortitude and strong will” because “though he was physically handicapped due to a double leg amputation, he continued to work as an insurance broker” (p. 2). Orlando concludes her journal article stating that “[t]hough most remember [Grace Hopper] for her work with computers, it was teaching and service to her country that she was most proud of” (p.

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