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Happy Birthday, Grace Hopper!

Grace Hopper was born December 9, 1906 and made many contributions to the tech world, including becoming one of the first women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. During WWII, Grace put this degree to good use: she joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and learned how to program a Mark I computer. After the war, Grace stayed in the Navy as a reserve officer, working with the more advanced Mark II and Mark III computers.

Grace’s love for computers and technology led her to join the manufacturing company Remington Rand where she oversaw programming for the UNIVAC computer. She also helped create the first compiler for computer languages, allowing computers to turn written instructions into code.

Due to her many achievements in computing, Grace became the first female individual to receive the National Medal of Technology in 1991. is proud to honor Grace Hopper on her 109th birthday and is excited for our upcoming Women of Vision ABIE Awards Banquet. The ABIE award nominees, like Grace Hopper herself, are women who have made significant contributions to technology, who excel at solving problems creatively, who are dedicated to progress and innovation and who strive to make a positive impact in their field and in their society.

Many of these women credit Grace Hopper as one of the figures who influenced and inspired them to succeed in technology.

“I would love to meet people that came before me,” the 2015 Student of Vision ABIE Award winner Camila Fernandez Achutti told us in an interview. “They fought for this field and made what it is today. Women like Ada Lovelace, Hedy Lamarr, Anita Borg, Grace Hopper, the ENIAC programmers, Joan Clarke and Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley were amazing!”

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for her career achievements in the tech field? Click here to fill out the ABIE Award Nomination Form! Nominations for the Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Student of Vision ABIE awards will be open until Dec. 14, 2015. The Women of Vision ABIE Awards Banquet will be held May 5, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

You can also help us promote women in tech by donating to ABI. Starting today, those who donate $50 or more will receive a free 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration t-shirt as a thank you gift. This offer ends on Dec. 31, 2015, so do not miss out!

Happy birthday, Grace Hopper, and thank you for continuing to inspire new generations of women technologists!