Technological Contribution

Grace Hopper's Technological Contribution

This page will give some insight on what Grace Hopper has achieved when it comes to technological contribution. This page will include many details about how she came up with the first compiler of for a computer programming language.

The First Compiler

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 - January 1, 1992), Grace Brewster Murray, was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and was one of those who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (in one instance, removing a moth from a computer).

Computer Compiler


A diagram of the operation of a typical multi-language, multi-target compiler.