At Netsmart we like to make sure we keep the foundation of our industry fresh in our minds each and every day. What better way to keep our eyes on the future by seeing what has been established for us in the past?grace_hopper

As part of our effort to celebrate great innovators in health and computer sciences, we took the opportunity to name meeting rooms at our Kansas City headquarters after various industry visionaries. Included in this prestigious group is the one and only Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992), a remarkable pioneer who not only contributed to the foundation of computing but also helped pave the way for women in technology. Let’s find out what earned her the nickname, “Amazing Grace.”

From a young girl who enjoyed taking apart clocks to a distinguished Yale alum to a Navy Rear Admiral, Hopper was destined to leave her mark in technology. She dedicated herself to public service and engineering, both male-dominated fields. She was fiercely dedicated to her work and her accomplishments proved she was more than capable for the job.

She was one of the first to foreshadow the impact computers would make in everyday life – certainly ahead of her time. Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and also helped develop the Mark II and III computers. She was also responsible for the first computer language compiler and the precursor to the COBOL programming language. If you’ve ever heard of the term “bug” in technology, you can thank Grace Murray Hopper and the single moth that caused her hardware trouble.

A brief description of Hopper’s accomplishments hangs on the wall of the room bearing her name. Perhaps she can inspire or create the spark needed to fuel creativity and ingenuity for the next industry pioneer? Who knows, maybe our next room could be named after one of our associates!

Ultimately, Navy Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper truly lived up to her nickname and was simply amazing. If it weren’t for the the invaluable contributions of individuals like her and all of our Netsmart associates, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Stay tuned for more healthcare and IT pioneers that are featured across our campus.