Grace Hopper Google Doodle

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Today’s featured Google Doodle is Grace Hopper! My dad, John E. Johnson, was a computer specialist for Sperry Univac for >30 yrs, worked with Dr. Grace Hopper when she was setting up UNIVAC I in 1951. They were both honored, among many others, as “Pioneers” at the 1981 National Computer Conference in Chicago. Throughout his career, my dad set up systems around the world and taught programming and logic classes in COBOL and Fortran to workers before Computer Science was a formal discipline taught in schools. As an early colleague (and supervisor?), Grace Hopper probably influenced my dad. When I was learning Pascal programming in high school, my dad helped and encouraged me to study math and learn about computers beyond the graphical user-interface. Via my dad, I like to think that I might have learned something from Grace Hopper.

Thank you and Happy Birthday, Grace!

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About Lisa Johnson

PhD candidate at UC Davis.
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