Thanks for reminding us of this momentous event and bringing Grace Hopper to memory. She was truly one of the great pioneers in computing and automation. I hope someday that she gets the same status as Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse as one of the people who made a real difference in electronics.
I definately agree with you. I hope she gets a deserving mention during the element14 Ada Lovelace Day event: http://www.element14.com/community/view-event.jspa?event=3066
Another ancedote featuring Grace Hopper just popped into my head, and I was a able to find a good description:
Of course, coding took a toll on people's ability to think correctly while away from the computer. The Mark I (and its successor the Mark II) had to be coded with octal digits, so every month Hopper's "checkbook would be unbalanced because she would slip into octal addition and subtraction when balancing her accounts." (p. 195)
I thought this story was apocryphal like Newton's apple story?
Ya, seems like it might be, but the story is in fact made up of real insect bits
Since everyone that uses development tools has encountered bugs, I thought I'd post a fun history fact for Friday from the amazing Computer History Mesuem:
September 9, 1945
First instance of actual computer bug being found. At 3:45 p.m., Grace Murray Hopper records the first computer bug in her log book as she worked on the Harvard Mark II. The problem was traced to a moth stuck between a relay in the machine, which Hopper duly taped into the Mark II's log book with the explanation: First instance of actual computer bug being found.
P.S. Interesting, just noticed that Computer History Meseum states 1945 while the log book shows 1947.