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Grace Hopper: The Queen of Code

Title screen from The Queen of Code.

Title screen from The Queen of Code.

This week, FiveThirtyEight launched its documentary film about Grace Hopper, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and the driving force behind the first compiled programming language. Her legacy went largely unnoticed alongside the other early computing geniuses, but as her intensely endearing appearance on Late Night With David Letterman in 1986 showed (during which she taught the young, tousled-hair Dave about nanoseconds and military time), Hopper was a brilliant and blisteringly unique character in computing history.

Now, thankfully, her story is being told.

For the link to the video and the interview with director Gillian Jacobs, check out this article from FiveThirtyEight.com.