Monday, February 02, 2015

ESPN FiveThirtyEight Signals: The Queen of Code

FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films have released the third film in their Signals digital short series.

FiveThirtyEight Signals: The Queen of Code

You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should.

As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields.

Hopper’s story is told in “The Queen of Code,” directed by Gillian Jacobs (of “Community” fame).

You can find The Queen of Code on the ESPN web site at .

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