Computer whiz retires from navy
BOSTON - (UPI) - Rear Adm. Grace
Murray Hopper, at 79 the Navy's oldest and highest-ranking
woman commissioned officer on active duty, retired Thursday in
ceremonies aboard the Navy's oldest commissioned warship, the
Constitution. Hopper is regarded as "the grandmother" of
the computer age and is credited with developing
COBOL, one of the
first computer languages. She served the Navy for 43 years. Hopper
... is given credit for devising the computer
[ AP Photo of RADM Hopper ]
Rear Adm. Grace M.
Hopper, USN Retired, died on New Year's Day in 1992. (Visit her
grave.) In honor of her, I had this plaque engraved for the
dash board of my Pontiac
TransSport. In Star
Trek®, each Federation Starship portrayed has a plaque
like this on the bridge, even if it only appears in the corner of a
shot from a distance too small to read. I like to pretend that it
is a Federation
Ptolemy Class Transport/Tug assigned to Colonial
Support and based at Earth Station McKinley. I have several
Star Trek® pins on the
dash beside the plaque, and a small model of a transport/tug that
is about 5cm long.
I took possession of the Adm. Gracie on May 17, 1992.
Little did I know that the U.S. Navy would only take four years
to name a vessel after her, and a guided-missile destroyer at
that! (Unfortunately, I had to give up possession of the Adm.
Gracie in January, 2007, because I could not afford the
registration and insurance for another year.)
U.S.S. GRACE M.
PTOLEMY CLASS · STARFLEET
UTOPIA PLANITIA STARSHIP YARDS, MARS
COMMISSIONED STARDATE 92051.7
"We're debugging the computer, sir."
(Star Trek® is a
registered trademark of Paramount Pictures.)
Be sure to visit the official page for USS Hopper (DDG-70):
Hopper (DDG-70), an Arleigh Burke
Class Destroyer, was christened by the US
Navy at Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine) in January, 1996. Named
Grace M. Hopper, the "Amazing Grace" will compliment the
Class of AEGIS guided
missile cruisers as one of the 29 ships in the Burke Class.
Commemorative bronze coin for DDG-70
More links to other testimonials,
etc., in no particular order
update: 2010-10-13 by