Happy Birthday to the “Mother of COBOL,” Admiral Grace Hopper. COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language,) the program that allows computers to communicate through language as well as numbers. The first computer language I mastered was COBOL, therefore I thank Admiral Hopper for creating a language which ultimately lead to my falling in love with technology.
Hopper is also credited with creating the term “bug in the system” because she actually found a bug in a computer. An excerpt from TIME Magazine (1984) describes it best:
She gets credit for coining the name of a ubiquitous computer phenomenon: the bug. In August 1945, while she and some associates were working at Harvard on an experimental machine called the Mark I, a circuit malfunctioned. A researcher using tweezers located and removed the problem: a 2-in. long moth. Hopper taped the offending insect into her logbook. Says she: “From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.”
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