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But she had three strikes against her: At age 35, she was considered too old for enlistment, at pounds she was 16 pounds underweight for her 5-foot, 6-inch frame, and as a mathematics instructor, her profession was considered crucial to the war effort. Hopper argued being in the WAVES would allow her to more directly help the war effort than in a classroom and she was naturally lean. After more than a year, she finally persuaded Vassar to give her a leave of absence and then got the Navy to give her waivers for her age and weight.
It just suited her to perfection.
She had a precise mind, even though she could be eccentric. Grace Hopper was 37 years old.
He ran a lab where design, testing, modification and analysis of weapons were calculated. Most were specially trained women called computers. What happened next put Hopper on a new path that would define the rest of her life, according to a passage in the book Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists in the U.
Hopper overcame her lack of programming skills the same way she always tackled other obstacles; by being persistent and stopping at nothing to solve problems. She eventually would become well-versed in how the machine operated, all , parts, miles of wire and 3 million wire connections crammed in a machine that was 8-feet tall and feet wide. During one of her shifts, she traced a glitch back to a moth that was caught in a relay wire. And from then on, a problem with a program would be referred to as a bug.
That phrase might have come to her during a time when Hopper worked in the basement of the Pentagon, where her office was decorated with a clock that ran counter-clockwise and, perhaps even more aptly, the Jolly Roger pirate flag.
Hopper retired from the Naval Reserve in , but was recalled back to active duty months later in Aug. That six month assignment turned into 19 years. Along the way, she earned the rank of captain in and was appointed special advisor to Commander, Naval Data Automation Command.
In , a bill was passed in Congress to promote Hopper to the rank of commodore, and in , when that rank became rear admiral lower half , Hopper was among a select few female flag officers. Hyman G. Fleet Admirals William Leahy and Chester Nimitz remained on active-duty for life due to their 5-star fleet admiral rank. It was fitting her retirement ceremony was held on the year-old USS Constitution, the longest-serving commissioned ship in the United States Navy. Her speech reflected her interest in teaching young people. We must provide for them. She did these things during a critical time for the country and the Navy.
She mentored a lot of young people, and her reason for doing that was helping to get them interested in science and technology. She was really ahead of her time. She immediately took to the idea that computers would one day fit in a small box and not take up a whole room. Williams said Hopper kept every record and paper she produced, including magnetic computer tapes, stacked floor to ceiling across three apartments in her apartment complex, as well as a collection of Hummel figurines, dolls and a childhood doll house with wallpapered walls and dormer windows.