Grace Hopper has been a hero of mine ever since I took a course in COBOL back in the early 80's. "Amazing Grace" Hopper would have been 107 today, and Google pays tribute with a home-page cartoon of the young computer pioneer at work. The Doodle prompts us to celebrate the great woman and mathematician and trailblazing programmer.
By writing computer language, pioneering 'Grandma COBOL' literally wrote history. Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 - January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL. Today the internet runs on a wide variety of "machine independent" codes; for this we have Grace to thank.