American naval officer, mathematician, and computer programmer. Noted for her development of programming languages, especially COBOL, she is credited with inventing the first compiler.
American mathematician and computer programmer who in 1951 conceived the idea for an internal computer program, called a compiler , that scanned a set of alphanumeric instructions (such as words and symbols) and compiled a set of binary instructions executed by the machine. Her ideas were widely influential in the development of programming languages, in particular COBOL.
A Rear Admiral who wrote the computer language Cobol and was a woman of computing fame during the 1960s. She not only was a leader in software development concepts but also helped to catalyze the transition from early programming techniques to the utilization of sophisticated compilers. Dr. Hopper received a number of awards for her successes, and in 1969 she was the first recipient of the Computer Sciences Man-of-the-Year Award given by the Data Processing Management Association. She died in 1992. Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002.