[TUHS] Grace Hopper

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Sun Dec 10 04:03:10 AEST 2017


Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> We gained Rear Admiral Grace Hopper on this day in 1906; known as "Amazing 
> Grace", she was a remarkable woman, both in computers and the Navy.

No argument there.

> She coined the term "debugging" when she extracted a moth from a set of
> relay contacts from a computer (the Harvard Mk I) and wrote "computer
> debugged" in the log, taping the deceased Lepidoptera in there as well.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debugging#Origin_of_the_term which
indicates that "bug" and "debugging" had been around as technical
terms long before that incident.

Otherwise, yes, an amazing person.

Arnold


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