Grace Hopper: the Person, Programmer, and Pioneer
As a computer programming icon and the namesake of our immersive coding bootcamp for women and non-binary students, Grace Hopper is a name you’ll hear on a regular basis at Fullstack Academy. But who is Grace Hopper, and how did she leave such a lasting impact on the software development industry?
At Fullstack Academy, our mission to transform lives and power the future through tech is made possible by industry trailblazers of the past. Among these is Admiral Grace Hopper: one of the first and most influential computer programmers, a lifelong teacher and mentor, and the inspiration behind our Grace Hopper Program for women and non-binary coders.
Responsible for inventing the first compiler and standardizing verbal computer programming languages, Grace Hopper made technology more accessible and user-friendly for both government and private sector applications. She also worked alongside fellow tech pioneers like Howard Aiken to redefine the scope of what’s possible through computation.
Grace Hopper’s achievements and innovations, as well as her dedication to mentorship in tech, continue to transform lives today. As a contributing influence to our professional development-focused bootcamp model, her career success paves the way for Fullstack Academy and Grace Hopper Program student success.
Browse the timeline below to see just how many modern tech innovations can be traced to Grace Hopper. Then, read on to learn more about the Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy–and how to apply for the next cohort!
The Grace Murray Hopper Technology Timeline
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The Grace Murray Hopper Legacy
Grace Hopper has since been honored with such accolades as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an annual Grace Hopper Celebration conference, the first military academy building named for a woman, and more. Today, her example inspires professionals from all walks of life to achieve tech industry success while also redefining it.
In this spirit - and in recognition of the enduring gender gap in tech - the Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy strives to empower women and non-binary students with the tools to make their mark on the industry. The program offers the same rigorous coding curriculum as Fullstack Academy full-time Coding Bootcamps, but with additional emphasis on mentorship, allyship, exploration, and combating imposter syndrome–all within a safe space for learning.
“The most important thing I've accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young people. They come to me, you know, and say, 'Do you think we can do this?' I say, ‘Try it.’ And I back 'em up.” – Admiral Grace Murray Hopper