Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New biography about Grace Hopper

Although this is Alan Turing's year we shouldn't forget the many other remarkable people who have contributed to the development of our universal machines. None are more remarkable than Grace Hopper who was a pioneering programmer. She developed the first high-level programming language, which went on to form the basis of Cobol, and also therefore the first compiler.
    A new biography called Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt Beyer has recently been published and is reviewed in the Guardian - it sounds like a great read.