Book SignedHOPPER, Grace [Homer D. House]. Wild Flowers. Signed "Grace Murray Hopper" and dated "February 1937"-- the same year as the invention of the first real computer, the Mark I, which Hopper would make her name programming. New York: Macmillan, 1936. First Edition, third printing. Containing 364 full color illustrations. Mustard-yellow cloth boards. Quarto, approximately 9" x 11.5" inches. 362 pages. Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I, one of the earliest computers, she was a pioneer of computer programming. Hopper was the first to devise the theory of machine-independent programming languages, and the FLOW-MATIC programming language she created using this theory was later extended to create COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. Hopper's autograph is extremely rare. . Additionally, the date she signs here-- 1937-- is the same year that her eventual collaborator Howard Aiken invented the Mark I, generally considered the first ever computer, which Hopper would go on to write programming code for only a few years later as part of the American effort in World War II. No material signed by Hopper has come to auction in over 40 years.
"Amazing" had an insatiable energy and curiosity a double degree from Vassar in math and physics, Ph.D. in math at Yale. Meanwhile, Harvard University graduate student Howard Aitken was working on a machine that could solve advanced mathematical physics problems. the Aitkin team developed the Mark I computer in 1937. The same year Grace signed our book. Navy recruit Grace Hopper was assigned to became one of the four original “coders”, the first computer programmers. She was part of the team that developed the UNIVAC I computer. Hopper remained at the Harvard Computation Lab until 1949, turning down a full professorship at Vassar in favor of working as a research fellow under a Navy contract at Harvard. Small smudges to cloths. The book is in very good condition.