Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

One of the most influential tech pioneers in history, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. Her expertise allowed her to join the United States Naval Reserve during World War II to work on the Mark I computer. After the war, she remained in the U.S. Navy as a reserve officer, working with the more advanced Mark II and Mark III computers.

Grace also helped create the first compiler for computer languages, and was the first female recipient of the United States’ National Medal of Technology in 1991. In 2016, she was posthumously awarded the United States’ Presidential Medal of Freedom for her many contributions to the field of computing.

To honor her legacy and inspire future generations of women in tech, Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney founded the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in 1994. Following the success of GHC, the Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) launched in 2010, growing to become India’s largest technical conference for women in computing and technology. Today, GHCI continues to inspire and support women in tech in India.