Hopper, born Grace Brewster Murray in 1906, is most celebrated for her pioneering work in the development of COBOL, one of the first programming languages that could work independently of a particular machine.
According to the Independent, Hopper is also known for her popularisation of the word 'debugging', dating from an anecdote when an actual moth was found in a computer she was working on, and that was slowing down its processes.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1928 with a degree in Mathematics and Physics and then studied at Yale and married once to a professor before divorcing him but retaining his surname, Hopper.
The report said that she worked in the Navy during World War Two as a computer programmer, before finally retiring at the age of 79.
--ANI (Posted on 10-12-2013)