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Date & Time
March 8, 2010 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, Central Conference Room
616 Serra Street
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age


A Hollywood biopic about the life of computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) would go like this: a young professor abandons the ivy-covered walls of academia to serve her country in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and finds herself on the front lines of the computer revolution. She works hard to succeed in the all-male computer industry, is almost brought down by personal problems but survives them, and ends her career as a celebrated elder stateswoman of computing, a heroine to thousands, hailed as the inventor of computer programming. Throughout Hopper's later years, the popular media told this simplified version of her life story. In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer goes beyond the screenplay-ready myth to reveal a more authentic Hopper, a vibrant and complex woman whose career paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar computer industry.
Kurt Beyer is a former professor at the United States Naval Academy and lectures regularly on the process of technological innovation.  He flew F-14 Tomcats for the Navy, and received his MA from Oxford University, England and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.