Grace Hopper

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Grace Hopper’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Grace Hopper

Place Of Birth

New York City, USA


85 years old (died on December 31, 1991)

Birth Date

December 08, 1906

Star Sign


Grace Hopper Facts

Child Star?



Former Rear Admiral, Computer Scientist

Education & Qualifications

Yale University

Net Worth

$3 million


Mary Van Horne, Walter Murray



Chinese Year

Year of the Horse

About Grace Hopper 

Grace Hopper developed the concept of machine-independent programming language and a compiler system to support computer programs.

Grace Hopper joined United States Navy Reserve during World War II. She trained at Smith College, Massachusetts.

Grace Hopper was a rear admiral in the United States Navy and computer scientist from New York City. She was one of the first computer programmers of Harvard Mark I, who also invented one of the first linkers in computer programming. Grace Hopper developed the FLOW-MATIC programming language, which was later extended to create COBOL and is still used today. She went to Vassar College and Yale University. Grace Hopper is credited to have termed repairing computer glitches as 'debugging.' Between 1930 and 1945, she was married to Vincent Foster Hopper. We will also discuss her birthday, net worth, educational background, and interests.

Grace Hopper's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Grace Hopper’s net worth?

The estimated net worth of Grace Hopper was $1-5 million at the time of her death. Her work as a professor, mathematician, and scientist added up to her net worth.

How much did Grace Hopper earn per year?

The amount of annual income earned by Grace Hopper is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper was 5 ft 6 in (167 cm) in height.

How old was Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper was 85 years old when she died in Arlington, Virginia on January 1, 1992.

Childhood And Education

Grace Hopper was born in New York City, United States, on December 9, 1906, to Mary Campbell Van Home and Walter Fletcher Murray under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

Grace Hopper grew up with a sister, Mary Murray Westcote, and a brother, Dr. Roger Franklin Murray. When Hopper was seven, she dismantled seven alarm clocks to understand how they worked. She completed preparatory school at the Hartridge School. Grace Hopper received a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics at Vassar College. She got her mathematics master's degree from Yale University.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Grace Hopper’s partner?

Grace Hopper was married to Vincent Foster Hopper from 1930-1945 and retained the surname.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

In 1931, Hopper started working for her doctoral degree and joined Vassar college as an associate professor. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale.

After being rejected by the Navy in World War II due to age restrictions, Hopper joined Navy Reserves. In 1944, she started working with the Harvard Mark I team. Hopper also worked on the Bureau of Ships Computational project as a lieutenant at Harvard University. She turned down the full professorship offer of Vassar to work as a research fellow at Harvard under the contract of the Navy. Hopper became a part of Eckert-Mauchly Corporation in 1949 as a senior mathematician to develop the electronic computer, UNIVAC. The team created the first compiler system for computer programs in 1952.

Eckert-Mauchly named Hopper the director of automatic programming in 1954. Grace Hopper became the technical consultant at the Conference of Data Systems Languages committee in 1959. Hopper and her colleagues defined a new computing language, Common Business-Oriented Language. In August 1967, Hopper was called for active duty by the Navy. She was also named the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group until 1977. Hopper was promoted to Captain in 1973 and to commodore in 1983. Hopper retired in 1986 as rear admiral from the United States Navy.

Grace Hopper is best known for being a computer scientist and mathematician. She as termed the fixing of computer glitches as 'debugging.'

What awards did Grace Hopper win?

Grace Hopper has won nine military awards between 1953 and 1986, including the Naval Reserve Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Presidential Medal Of Freedom, and Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Other awards given to Hopper are more than 25 between 1964 and 2021. These awards include the National Medal Of Technology and Honorary Ph.D. from Clarkson University and the posthumous Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Other Interesting Grace Hopper Facts And Trivia

  • The USS Hopper, the United States Navy destroyer is named after Grace Hopper.

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