[SIGCIS-Members] Grace Hopper

Hintz, Eric HintzE at si.edu
Mon May 2 11:33:22 PDT 2016

The Grace Murray Hopper Papers are housed at the Archives Center of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC (http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives).  See http://sova.si.edu/record/NMAH.AC.0324.

Eric Hintz

Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D.
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   Study of Invention and Innovation
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From: Members [mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org] On Behalf Of Ensmenger, Nathan
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 2:04 PM
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Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Grace Hopper

Jordi — I agree with Rudi’s endorsement of the Kurt Beyer biography of Grace Hopper, which is excellent.  Beyer provides a welcome corrective to the generally hagiographic treatment of Hopper in the popular literature, while still making clear her absolutely fundamental accomplishments.   He deals sensitively but thoroughly with her drinking problem, for example.

For a much more critical take on Hopper, however, you might take a look at Jean Jenning Bartik’s memoir *Pioneer Programmer.*  Bartik was definitely not a fan…   Obviously you would need to have your students read Bartik’s account as largely a primary source, with all the attendant qualifications that come with that, but it might be a nice complement to the Beyer.


Nathan Ensmenger
Associate Professor of Informatics
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University, Bloomington

> Dear SICIS colleagues,
> I'm preparing a bibliography about Grace Hopper. Do you know any primary or secondary source you consider essential?
> Thanks!
> --
> Jordi Fornés
> jfornes at ac.upc.edu - +34 934 054 064
> Computer Architecture Department
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> UPC - Barcelona
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