Mother of Invention: Google Honors Grace Hopper



Have you checked out Google's homepage this morning? Each day, the search engine tries something a little different in its spelling of G-O-O-G-L-E, and today, you'll see an old-school computer with a woman in front of a keyboard console that looks more like a piano.

The woman is supposed to represent Grace Hopper, also known as the "mother of COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language)—one of the first computer codes to rely on language rather than numbers—paving the way for modern programming. Hooper would be 107 years old today.

Hopper left her job as a professor at Yale to join the U.S. Navy in 1943, where she worked on something called the "Mark I Electromechanical Computing Machine," a 51-foot long, 8-foot high and 8-feet deep computer. She went on to help develop COBOL, FORTRAN and numerous other computing innovations.

Take a look at her 1982 appearance on David Letterman.