February 12, 2017

Yale to Rename Calhoun College After Pioneering Computer Scientist Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper is among the most-revered in computer science. Like Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Hopper (we put the punch cards in the …) made an indelible mark on our work, so this is only fitting, and long, long overdue (Lauren Evans - Jezebel):

Yale University announced on Saturday that it would finally relent to pressure to rename Calhoun College—named for former vice president and white supremacist John C. Calhoun—to something a little more befitting of the year, if not the times themselves. The school’s trustees settled on Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist and Navy rear admiral who earned both her master’s degree and doctorate from the university.

Here’s an awesome photo of her being saluted by crew members aboard the USS Constitution as she arrives for her retirement ceremony in 1986:

Image of Grace Hopper retirement ceremony aboard USS Constitution

The linked article is a 60-second read, and tells you (briefly) why Grace Hopper is such a big deal. Here’s a more complete biography.

Kinda makes you proud, doesn’t it?

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