Friday, 20 June 2014

It's always been done that way.

March 8th was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I opened a fun competition to add a quotation by a woman to the mural I have been painting for a few months. People could participate in 2 ways:
  1. Post their favourite quotation by a woman; and
  2. Vote for their favourite quotation(s) contributed by participants.
The prize was to see the favourite woman’s quotation painted on the mural. And the entry that get more votes was:

"The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'"

—Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

I did not know about Rear Admiral Grace Hopper and found out she accomplished amazing things. Here is the first paragraph of her entry in Wikipedia:

“Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer). Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace".The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.”

You can read her full biography on Wikipedia

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