DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that programming, a field dominated by names like Java's James Gosling and C++'s Bjarne Stroustrup, was a branch of science initiated by a woman? In 1843, a woman named Ada Lovelace, the daughter of an English nobleman, worked with inventor Charles Babbage on a mechanical computer that was supposed to have the ability to perform complex mathematical computations. Lovelace designed the mechanical computer's system using a specific set of numbers while Babbage worked on the hardware, but the machine was never finished though their notes inspired other attempts in inventing electronic computers.
More than a century later, a woman named Grace Murray Hopper starred in the field of programming. A math professor and a Navy reserve, Hopper became known for leading a group of scientists and mathematicians in creating FLOW-MATIC, a programming language that uses words instead of the 1s and 0s (binary numbers) used in old languages. Hopper was also instrumental in the creation and development of the Common Business-Oriented Language, another word-based programming language designed for commercial use. In 1986, television host David Letterman called the Navy Rear Admiral as the "Queen of Software" because of her influence in the field.